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3.90 | 12 ratings

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siLLy puPPy
4 stars Bleep yeah I like this! It's so bleeping different than anything else i've ever bleeping heard. This album title arises from unfortunate situations. This band is basically two guys: Greg Murphy and Scott Baker. I can't explain the situation better than they themselves:

The Ghosts of Problems Past return to haunt the Sentai after an interdimensional jewel thief by the name of "The Vanishing Act" leaves P/SHQ in utter disarray. With many of their mission reports gone, the Loracle (their Zordon-esque lady-type computer... lady in a tube) is left with scattered memories that are now compensating for the freeing of space in her mainframe. All of these memories contained problematic specters with incomplete stories due to the Sentai's Hydra-like lack of focus. With time to fester and grow angry, the Ghosts are ready to end the Sentai's story altogether. To keep the Loracle immortal, the memories of the spirits must be allowed to manifest into their original state, to recreate the memories that once trapped them in the Lorbrynth.

(But really, our laptops were stolen from our apartment and had to part ways with a large portion of our material. We salvaged what we could from the wreckage and used mp3s for fully mixed songs that just needed vocals. We combined that with music we made for the short film "Skazka" and the animation "Zakiya" to create the 24)

That explains the bleeping title! Not sure how to describe this. Named after the Japanese TV show "Super Sentai" but nothing here reminds me of anything Japanese at all! We have an interesting list of influences here. I'm still not sure I can pinpoint them all but I hear everything from Depeche Mode style vocals, Pink Floyd acoustic guitar, bombastic proggy keyboards and symphonic elements. There's also metal power cords, indie pop with Koyaanisqaatsi type keyboards and even some black metal grim scream vocals appear briefly. A whole bunch of old video game effects are strewn about as well. After racking my brain the vocalist reminds me of an obscure electronica DJ named Q*ball. Most of the time i'm struggling to figure out who it reminds me of but never quite grasping the muddled insinuations popping in and out of my mind.

I guess overall this kinda sounds like an indie rock band like Neutral Milk Hotel, The Flaming Lips or even Muse (but not sounding like any of them in particular) collaborated with a prog band and then took a whole bunch of added elements from the past and incorporated them into unusal short musical pieces. The tracks are almost always melodic and a lot of the strangeness actually comes from the production itself. Strange synthesized sounds color the somewhat poppy sounding songs, but strange unorthodox song structures do occur.

PSEUDO/SENTAI are obviously into having a lot of fun making this stuff. Definately like nothing i've heard before! An interesting listen that leaves me wanting to hear where this band takes things next. I sure hope their bleeping problems subside so they can get to an even better follow-up! Very creative and fun.

siLLy puPPy | 4/5 |


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