GlerAkur, 'The Mountains Are Beautiful Now' (Prophecy); Hard Rock Café, November 4th
This seven-piece titanic-drone ensemble – four guitarists, two drummers, a bassist and beards-a-plenty – was a profound shock last year: an elegantly glacial post-rock assault of massed sustain and ritualistic percussion, suggesting an impressionist-noise dream team of Mogwai and the drummers from both Can and Pink Floyd. Two more exposures – an off-venue mini-set at KEX, simulcast by KEXP-FM; then an Airwaves gig that night at the Hard Rock – affirmed the intricate, overlapping precision of those guitars and the connected drumming inside GlerAkur's mounting, orchestral din. For that experience-to-go: The Mountains Are Beautiful Now, the group's explosive and expansive debut album (following a 2016 EP); and KEXP's YouTube video of the KEX broadcast. For proper immersion: Play 'em loud.