Emerge by Son CesanoRelease date: November 4, 2022
Label: Moonbuster Records
One of the reasons post-rock got that post tag, is that artists pursuing that genre pick up their musical cues from various other musical genres or rock sub-genres. It could be classical music, jazz or even country, or any sub-rock division from surf and psychedelic to heavy metal.
Swiss quartet Son Cesano can easily qualify in the latter category of post-rockers, as they seem to favour that combination of psych, surf and heavy guitar sounds in their music, of course, with touches of sounds picked up along the way from anywhere that suits them.
On Emerge their latest album (their previous effort from 2018 was titled Submerge), the sound is carried by the dual guitars of Simon Marty and Robin Weissen (the rhythm section of Julian Betschart and Dominik Zgraggen completes the band).
That dual guitar, you can call it attack, relies more on the clean, intricate interplay between Marty and Weissen, resorting to heaviness or distortion only when it suits the music. Yet, Son Cesano still creates a deep sound that alternates between the Swiss mountains and Arizona desert landscapes rather than the elongated deep space sounds.
Although it might seem like a big contrast, Son Cesano can make the sounds of these landscapes on the opposite side of the musical spectrum as something that naturally belongs together.