Out of the gate it was clear that Montreal’s Appalaches had the ability to be a great modern post-rock band. Their sound was finely-tuned, their compositions nuanced and in possession of more than enough raw capability. However, their 2014 debut Mon often felt like the product of a band who was trying too hard. It was too precise, too clean, like they were somehow overthinking their approach to crafting texture and in the meantime overlooking the need to cut loose here and there and rock unabashed. Since Mon, the band lost half of its original members, but added both a new drummer and two new guitarists, bumping them up to a quintet, and it seems they have discovered the kind of chemistry in the process that listeners have been eagerly anticipating. __[ Arctic Drones ].