I first heard the incredible soundscapes of Dif Juz in a record store in the UK, only to buy their only full length album, 's Extractions, right off the store's turntable. I listen to that album, now reissued on cd, at least once a month.5/5(4).
Dif Juz may not have been the most successful band on the 4AD roster, but their music typified the label's quixotic approach. An all-instrumental quartet whose evocative compositions - sometimes ambient, sometimes angular - were invariably quietly mesmerising, they made a great deal of sense in the context of the so-called 'post-rock' music which emerged some 15 years after the group disbanded.
"Gunet" is another standout from the EP, starting with nothing but guitar playing around the mix softly, mostly buried in the background but occasionally coming through clear, before a brisk, non-4/4 time rhythm kicks in. "Diselt" and "Soarn" are more "regular" in comparison, but they still have the distinct Dif Juz instrumental sound going for.
Dif Juz were one of the most overlooked members of the early 4AD roster, but traces of the unit's beautiful instrumental passages have popped up decades after their dissolution -- in wildly varied bands like the Dirty Three and Piano Magic, just to name a couple examples.