Parallax Sounds Chicago hits Berlin cinemas January 30.
Born of a mix between 1980s hardcore experimentalism, jazzbos, and the return of discredited forms such as lounge and Krautrock, post-rock ruled the indie world in the 1990s that preceded millennial poptimism, and Chicago (by way of Louisville) was the Post-Rock Capital of the Free World. Parallax parallels talking head interviews with Chicago musical cornerstones such as super-producer Steve Albini, MacArthur grant winner and saxophonist Ken Vandermark and Gastr del Sol poetaster David Grubbs with plaintiff cityscapes and perhaps one too many shots on the El. The heads articulate the confluence of Midwestern work ethic and Chicago’s grid-like cityscape as the genre’s non-musical influences. That doesn’t sound very rock ’n’ roll, but that’s why they called it “post”.
Parallax Sounds Chicago | Directed by Augusto Contento (France, Finland, Germany, USA 2012), documentary. Opens January 30
Originally published in issue #124, February 2014.