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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Progressive
    Feufollet - En Couleurs

    Feufollet - En Couleurs

    Feufollet
    En Couleurs
    Label: Feufollet Records

    A progressive Cajun spirit permeates and immediately transports the listener to a different place. Originally a funnel for the creative talents of youthful phenoms, as time has elongated they have become a driving force instead of just a creative influence and as such they have incorporated advantageous aspects of all genres at hand.

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    Pierre De Gaillande - Bad Reputation

    Pierre De Gaillande - Bad Reputation

    Pierre De Gaillande
    Bad Reputation
    Label: Barbes

    Georges Brassens was sort of a French Bob Dylan type dark pop bardic icon. Here his music and poetry is evoked, channeled and translated into English via De Gaillande’s tantalizing obsession with the silver tongued poet and musician. The simple rhythms were maintained as original as possible while being fitted for English. Thought provoking, memorable and disturbingly charming.

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    Devo - Something For Everybody

    Devo - Something For Everybody

    Devo
    Something For Everybody
    Label: Warner Brothers

    Outstanding! A triumphant and glorious rebirth of these 1980’s new wave icons. From top to bottom, song after song their quirky signature staccato synth pop rock finds renewed life in the new millennium. The biggest difference is their signature red energy dome hats are now blue! Album details were honed by their online community and the results shine.

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    Magnifico - Magnification

    Magnifico - Magnification

    Magnifico
    Magnification
    Label: Piranha

    Provocative, controversial, infectious and flamboyant, this funky pan Euro/Balkan rock delivers chart topping material at home in the former Yugoslavia and Italy, but this is his first global exposure. Magnifico is Robert Peut and he is one suave’ musician from Slovenia slinging memorable sultry and significant rhythmic infections of delight.

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    CEPHALIC CARNAGE - Misled By Certainty

    CEPHALIC CARNAGE - Misled By Certainty

    CEPHALIC CARNAGE
    Misled By Certainty
    Label: Relapse

    Cascades of extreme metal come pouring forth from the instruments of this furious and hard working Colorado concoction. After hammering down the grind on the first dozen tracks of their sixth Relapse release, they end with the epic length, genre spanning “Repangaea.”

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    DJ Centra - A Shared Will To Live

    DJ Centra - A Shared Will To Live

    DJ Centra
    A Shared Will To Live
    Label: Broke Boy Records

    Spinning since the early 90s, and falling squarely in the trance side of the techno spectrum, this DJ begins by matching serene diva vocals with the beat before touching off the spark on several non-vocal tracks that explore the numerous nooks and crannies of what trance has to offer.

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    Formosa Triangle - Formosa Triangle

    Formosa Triangle - Formosa Triangle

    Formosa Triangle
    Formosa Triangle
    Label:

    They may have taken their name from an area located about 100 miles south of Tokyo, Japan, which has had mysterious ship losses, but the tight and heavy groove-metal that flourishes in the continuum established between the two lone members of this Chicago powerhouse may propel them further than the Pacific Ocean.

    Formosa Triangle Website

    Chico Mann - Analog Drift

    Chico Mann - Analog Drift

    Chico Mann
    Analog Drift
    Label: Wax Poetics Records

    Except for the effervescent cover of Talking Heads ‘Once in a Lifetime,’ Analog Drift was composed and played entirely by Marcos Garcia who IS Chico Mann. As a member of Anatibala Afrobeat Orchestra he traveled the world and learned all about Afro-Cuban funk which he expertly employs here along with other well chosen influences.

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    Kazyak - A Beautiful Brontosaurus

    Kazyak - A Beautiful Brontosaurus

    Kazyak
    A Beautiful Brontosaurus
    Label: Ground Up Productions

    Bebobble-deeing between countrified jams and upstart funky rock may show off a classic jam rock band influence, but this friendly and flowing vision utilizes an ambitious combination of elements to create a memorable recording filled with harmony vocals, salient solos and delectable rhythms that are especially admirable for a trio to produce.

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    Titan - Sweet Dreams

    Titan - Sweet Dreams

    Titan
    Sweet Dreams
    Label: Relapse Records

    Keyboards unabashedly take the forefront of this psychedelic prog-metal experience. Expanses of whirling grooves hook the listener with a demanding intensity that is unfurled with each breathtaking riff and blast.


    Atrocity - After The Storm

    Atrocity - After The Storm

    Atrocity
    After The Storm
    Label: Napalm Records

    One of my long time favorite experi-“metal” bands, this German group has explored many facets of musical and cultural heritage over the years. Their exploration continues by refining their folk fancies, expanding on their impressive song structure, and again including the amazing vocals of Yasmin (frontman Alexander Krull’s sister). Powerful, invigorating, and unique.

     

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    Fonderia - My Grandmother’s Spacesuit

    Fonderia - My Grandmother’s Spacesuit

    Fonderia
    My Grandmother’s Spacesuit
    Label:

    An award winning Italian group, creating enticing improvisational electronica grounded in a prog rock underbelly. Musical constellations are filled with horns and fuzzy bass lines that melt into lunar jams in the universal rhythmic quagmire that defies description.

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