Post-rock is a loaded term that conjures up epic rock melodramas and upbeat PhD soundtracks. That’s not to say we don’t all love a bit of melodrama. Tupelov began life as post-rock-ers but have moved beyond the clichés into more fertile territory: sustaining tension rather than building to tear-jerking climaxes, creating moments of awkward beauty rather than pleasant ambience. “Memories of Bjorn Bolssen”, like the most successful art-rock, pulls in the low and the high without getting stuck in the middlebrow.
Tupelov’s driving bass and drums pin down hanging piano chords that move in unpredictable progressions of dissonance and melody. The electronics are tasteful and austere, high frequency clicks and squeals that compliment rather than distract. It’s a refreshing change from the glut of ‘folk/psych/other’. 7/10 -- Matthew O'Shannessy (19 November, 2008)