The last release I heard from Summer Never Comes was their 2013 EP Inuit. When they released Incomplete Autobiography, I didn’t realize that so much time had passed. Summer Never Comes released a full length album called Blackout in 2015 that I missed entirely. But since I have been craving more post-rock, diving into Summer Never Comes again was welcome. It’s difficult to find a lot of post-rock bands as they seem to release music and then disappear, but Summer Never Comes’ latest brings back the joy of the genre.
Forgoing distinct song titles, Incomplete Autobiography starts with the “Prologue” and ends with “Chapter 4.” The five songs still give you over 30 minutes of music and seem to be one complete songs just split into parts for easier digestion. It’s kind of what Julia Dream did for Lay It Down On Me. With all post-rock, it’s a very mood based impression. If you want to hear wandering melodies, small and large crescendos in the same song, and a sometimes non-standard structure, then post-rock is perfect. But some listeners can’t sit for eight minutes with one song. I don’t think Summer Never Comes causes a split with their music since they’re still a bit more rock forward in their post-rock. If you want more ambient and shoegaze elements, then this isn’t the band to listen to.
If you listen to Incomplete Autobiography as background music, you can easily get lost in the melodies. “Chapter 2” does this really well. The early verses focus on a repeating guitar line with the drums providing the structure. Then there’s a break and you think the song is over when it kind of reboots itself. That’s the biggest strength with the EP. While the songs are split into chapters, essentially the release is one big song.
Summer Never Comes are keeping post-rock alive. With older bands like Apollo 18 and Romantiqua being quiet with new music, having the genre kept alive by other bands is welcome. Post-rock bands are especially some of the best to see live because the amount of improvisation possible.