I put the vinyl on my record player and let the needle come down. Already after the first seconds the term „screamo“ comes to my mind, obviously forced by the labels on the backcover, too. But something is different. The sound isn't that rough like it is used to be on 90ies orientated screamo sound. The guitars deliver clean and precise work and the main fundament of Single State Of Man is based on long, measured, instrumental collages. I am sure these folks are into Explosions In The Sky. The precise post rock of the band induces the listener to simply get involved with music, to lean back and get into the hypnotic vibes. While being into the soundscapes suddenly a desperate (emo-)singer starts to scream and totally change the laboured created mood. While the sound collages are omnipresent, the screaming is only a spare element.
To me through this combination the mood seems much more authentic than a traditional emo record, which tries to underline its emotions with a non-stop 45 minutes howling voice. Regarding the worldwide monopoly of a few bands in the instrumental post rock genre and the countless small (d.i.y.) emo releases, Single State Of Man wouldn't attract attention with an explicit genre record. Luckily Single State Of Man know how to create their own and unique sound. Is this post-emo?