It has been over a year between PAKK‘s EP and their full length Salpuri. It continues the trend from A Wail, but through the 11 tracks, allows the band to explore more musical ground. It does follow the same shoegaze and post-rock style as their previous release. That’s not a problem at all because Salpuri goes even further.
In the shoegaze and post-rock genre, it’s possible for tracks to blend and feed into one another. This can also be the case for PAKK. But what the band does so well is to introduce new elements into each song to keep things separate. The vocals on tracks usually blend with the music so it can be difficult to hear what’s going on. The instrumentals are pushed forward with the guitar while the bass and drums add accompanying rhythms. Breakdowns give listeners a small break before the band jumps back into the main melodies.
There’s not a lost song on Salpuri. The three members are all working together to create really interesting melodies. Tracks can feature individual instruments without a problem and that give songs a lot of highlights that might be lost otherwise. PAKK, in a way, is a successor to Apollo 18. The band has a lot of similar features, but also create their own unique representation for the genre that they play in. While it’s easy to start Salpuri and just listen to it in the background, it’s definitely an album that you should listen to with your full attention.
It’s awesome that the band was able to release a full length to expand on their sound. It can’t be easy to create this type of music, but the members are masters at what they play. As shoegaze and post-rock bands are a little difficult to discover, I’m glad that PAKK are adding their own influence into the genre.