Exposé Online banner

Make a Rising — Infinite Ellipse and Head with Open Fontanel
((Not on label) no#, 2008, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-10-01

Infinite Ellipse and Head with Open Fontanel Cover art

This is one very strange band. And that’s strange in a good way – interesting, unusual, even unique in some respects – something completely new, not more of the same; and after all, isn’t that what we’re all looking for here? For starters, the title of the disc isn’t mentioned anywhere in the six-panel fold-open booklet / poster or the CD tray insert – however this is how it’s referred to on the website, so I’ll go with that here. This Philadelphia based six-piece with numerous guests is literally all over the map musically. Between them, they play violin, guitar, sax, flute, piano, bass, accordion, trumpet, keyboards, clarinet, bass clarinet, and drums, with at least three members providing the vocals and harmonies, plus guests on additional percussion, trombone, saxes, cello, and backing vocals. Elements of quirky avant-garde rock, folk, ethnic music, minimalist, chamber, and Beach Boys / 10cc style harmonies go into their blender and this is what comes out – ten cuts of positively unusual music of some seemingly indeterminate stylistic origin, comparable to little else that’s out there. Perhaps in the spirit of early Mike Keneally, The Residents, Estradasphere, Cheer Accident, Sleepytime, or other bands operating at the fringes, but make no mistake – Make a Rising really sounds like none of the aforementioned artists. Their sound is their own, one that goes beyond any convenient descriptions, but is excellent nonetheless. I guess the best thing to do is go and take a listen for yourself.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): Make a Rising

Latest news

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

2018-02-26
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Happy the Man - Live – Although this live set would have been much more meaningful had it been released closer to when it was recorded in 1978, it stands today as evidence that this DC area quintet was as tight on-stage as...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues