One of post-rock's defining characteristics is grandiosity. As if to make up for the lack of words, genre-defining bands like Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai have songs that invariably built to a cinematic climax, and the same was true of Sigur Rós when I saw them at the Paramount two weeks ago. That context is what Lowmen Markos' minimalist instrumental rock songs interesting. A four-song, 25-minute EP, Flames is abstract and subdued rather than bombastic or melodramatic, its songs rarely rising about a simmer. Its restraint is admirable if not attention-grabbing.
Watch a live video of "Cantos," Flames' heaviest cut, after the jump.