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Incandescent Sky — Glorious Stereo
(Noisynoise NN-IS-002, 2003, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2003-12-01
This is the second release by this New England based four-piece, which is a descendent of the group Knitting by Twilight. With standard guitar / keyboards / bass / drums instrumentation augmented by Chapman Stick, wind synth, and voice samples, they cruise through seven instrumental tracks of mostly jammy effected psychedelic guitar rock with keyboard support
and a capable rhythm section; certainly that path is well traveled by many who have gone before, so it may be no surprise that the cuts that stand out the most here are those that take a more composed approach, like “SkyVue,” which goes through many changes over its duration and even finds itself infected by the jazzier side of things. The dark and pensive, ever-wandering “Divide by Zero” is driven hard from the bottom end by the constant riffing of bass and drums, making the effected guitar histrionics almost seem incidental at times. The title track is a bit more groove oriented, relying more on effects and layered guitar textures with sampled voices overlayed, over a cool repetitive structure constructed by bass and drums. There are a a few tracks here that start with really good ideas, patterns, and textures, but never seem to get much beyond the basic riff, and ultimately wear out their welcome. This is a good band that could make a greater impact with more attention given to composition.
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