Exposé Online banner

Incandescent Sky — Paths and Angles
(Noisynoise NN-IS-003, 2006, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2006-05-01

Paths and Angles Cover art

Since their second release Glorious Stereo (reviewed in #28), Incandescent Sky has further carved out an identifiable niche for themselves in the guitar-driven jammy instrumental progressive style. While the Providence based quartet can leave a heavy path as they cut through rock formations like a bulldozer with searing guitar leads and heavy distorted fuzz rhythm attack, they show they’re also capable of some very tasty and inventive keyboard-based work on several tracks, and a more gentle almost-jazzy (think 70s Traffic) style where things just sort of float along from measure to measure with each of the players moving in the same general direction; in fact there’s enough variety herein to keep this disk interesting from the very start to finish. Even at their heaviest, they completely eschew the metalisms and hard edges that bands like Uncle Gut and Djam Karet favor (although the latter’s less abrasive/more melodic material may be a good reference point for some of what’s here), instead going for a more textural and atmospheric approach to their sound. The rhythm section (drum kit, bass, Chapman stick) keeps the pace moving and shifting as they go, and they also have the good sense to back off the drive and let the sound wander freely from time to time, capturing the imagination in almost-ambient drifts of tonal color. All taken, this is a big step forward for a band with an abundance of good ideas.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Incandescent Sky

Latest news

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius - Live Wires – Count me as a supporter of the proposition that the world needs more hot electric violinists playing jazz-rock fusion. Jean-Luc Ponty has moved on to other things, and someone has to take up the...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues