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Glasgow Coma Scale — Apophenia
(Bandcamp no#, 2014, DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2014-08-29

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Glasgow Coma Scale is a band from Frankfurt, Germany formed in 2011 by brothers Piotr and Marek Kowalski. Both are classically trained musicians, Piotr (guitars and synths) and Marek (bass). They also recruited Helmes Bode on drums. Their odd, but interesting band name refers to a neurological method that helps to assess the status of the central nervous system and classify the patient’s state of disorder. Likewise, the word apophenia is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. The esoteric language continues into the track titles as well. “Syntagma” is a linguistics term meaning an elementary constituent segment within a text. But these pretensions do not extend into the music. Glasgow Coma Scale classify themselves as a post-rock band. But to me the music on Apophenia is more in the style of contemporary psych rockers like Mugstar, Carlton Melton, Wooden Shjips, and Hidria Spacefolk. “Syntagma” is an energetic and groovy space rock jam with a heavy beat. The second track “Funkstille” or radio silence cools things down in a Krautrock mode with synths and echo-layered guitars, though the drums still figure prominently. Next is “Urania” who in Greek mythology was the muse of Astronomy and a daughter of Zeus. The music here is underpinned by a bass ostinato theme with more Krautrock jamming that morphs into aggressive metal prog. The EP closes with “Kids Are Astronauts,” another great instrumental. All in all quite an impressive debut effort. I hope to hear more music from these guys in the future as they continue to hone their craft.

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