Dianogah is a Chicago post-rock combo with an unusual bass-bass-drums line-up
(bassists Jay Ryan and Jason Harvey, drummer Kip McCabe). The singles
100% Tree (1995) and Garden Airplane Trap (1996), later collected
on the EP Old Material New Format (MyPalGod), revealed the influence
The mostly-instrumental album As Seen From Above (Actionboy, 1997)
is a subtle exercise in rhythm and tension.
Battle Champions (Southern, 2000) refines the idea in
Time For A Game of Stick
and the instrumental They Have Monkeys Like We Have Squirrels.
At The Mercy Of The Mustang ,
Sometimes There Are Birds ,
Indie Rock Spock Ears ,
Eating Cake ,
My Brother Wore Brown,
Sometimes There Used To Be Birds.
Both albums are full of intriguing ideas, but somehow the trio still has to
fully make sense of them.
The single Hannibal (2000) stands as
one of their best declarations of intent.
Their gentle instrumental post-rock sound lulls
Millions Of Brazilians (Southern, 2002) to sleep. With hardly any
moment of pathos, the magnificent void of
Flat Panda, Maria, The Sky Came Down To The Rooftop,
Wrapping the Lamb Sir,
is as meaningless as a faceless portrait.
The album offers more subdued, brainy, instrumental post-rock for the
frustrated, under-age masses.
John Upchurch (Coctails) on bass clarinet and Rachel Grimes (Rachel's) on
keyboards help redeem the monotony of most of these pieces.
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