Young Elk: Distant, somber, and often times, crushingly bleak—Young Elk’s songs are painfully deliberate. In fact, everything is done on purpose. The songs, often penned by frontman and guitar player Ezekiel J Rudick, weave a tapestry of complicated stories that delve into the depths of faith, doubt, abuse, death, and divorce.
Though, led by a songwriter, Young Elk is not content to merely be labeled “a man and his band.” The music itself serves as the framework to plow the depths of such darkness. Subtly straddling the blurred lines between post punk, 90s-era Northwestern indie rock, and alt country, Young Elk has developed a one-of-a-kind sound pulling from influences like Pedro the Lion, Nick Cave, Low, and Bedhead.
Young Elk’s debut LP The Dark Side of the Holy Ghost tells the story of a young man grappling with questions of faith and existentialism with a very precise sense of brutalism—all packaged in a dimly lit package of dark indie rock and post punk, not unlike earlier releases by The National and The Black Heart Procession.
Second Sleep play a form of intensified post-rock. The music is combination of sprawling guitars, thick, distorted bass loops, and heavy handed drums.
The Mighty Missoula: In a saturated world of instrumental post-rock bands, The Mighty Missoula are keeping things simple as a three-piece. Like their namesake, which triggered cataclysmic flooding of the Pacific Northwest, they produce lush and temperamental streams of soundtrack-esque nostalgia.