Chaos Code — The Tragedy of Leaps and Bounds
((Not on label) no#, 2002, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2003-08-01
I’m fairly convinced that in a blindfold test you could convince many listeners that this album was originally released in 1972. I’m reminded of the time when musicians all around the world were inventing the thing that came to be called “progressive rock” and before the genre was codified. Groups of musicians got together and played whatever came naturally to them, without regard to conventions, and without the intention of sounding like some other group. For every band that made it “big” like Yes or PFM, there were dozens of others like Cressida or Capsicum Red that produced interesting music but ended up nearly forgotten. Given that it’s not 1972, Chaos Code can’t really have the innocence of that time, and odds are good that these guys are familiar with what went on then, and in the decades since. But they do a good job of capturing some of that spirit, with unpredictable sections of acoustic guitar, flute, keys, and hard rocking riffs. There is, of course, more to good music than spirit, and The Tragedy of Leaps and Bounds is not always successful. “Balance” is an awkward instrumental with a stuttering rhythm that never gets going. Even after more than a half dozen listens, I’m undecided about Cliff Phelps’s singing, though his guitar work is good. With the exception of the previously mentioned track, Tom Langan provides solid work on the keyboards, mostly piano and organ, with some vintage synth solos thrown in.
Related artist(s): Chaos Code
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more