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Appalachian Translator


Psychedelic/Space Rock

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4 stars APPALACHIAN TRANSLATOR are a really interesting find. Three brothers from Pennsylvania making music together - enjoyable by all means with psychedelic and spacey elements in the majority. Unmistakebly influenced by several prog bands and styles and therefore they celebrate a special eclectic style on top of it. 'Consider An Invasion' is not very lengthy - nearly a total time of a vinyl - even though this one offers various impressions.

Emulsion Tubes proves that immediately. Belonging to the album's extended tracks the opener surely is able to represent the distinctive genre - one of the highlights. You will find a spacey synthesizer intro first but the special trickiness comes from a combination of mellow parts (electric piano, acoustic guitar) and heavy moments (impetuous vocals and rhythm work, multiple electric guitar layers). What may sound like plain jamming for the first impression evolves to a well thought-out tension-filled diversity after some rounds - well done!

A bouncing bass guitar accompanies you through the next songs - besides the inventive vocals another remarkable goody. If it is the grooving Knowingly or the garage rock inspired Who Are Them and Masters of Gravity - the latter provided with crazy vocal contributions. The excellent False Alarm expresses some krautish weirdness where Un-ultimate is defining something new - a kind of space punk.

Showing a slight pop appeal first Research sounds retro - like longing for the beat music dominated 60s where the first bands tried to experiment with some psychedelia. But then they live up to their reputation when changing to a floating spacey section later on. The album offers another challenge with the lengthy Community - obviously an eclectic one and hard to describe. Initiated by a sample swirling crimsonesque guitars are taking control until the band is on the run to heavier territories. Then surprisingly some Bo Hansson feelings come up when going on to a more relaxed jamming middle section.

Again this seems to evolve to something simply repetitive at a first glance but the instruments are slightly varying in fact and care for some tension - probably the band's masterpiece. Finally the heavy Hunter From the Treetop is made up very experimental too where Luke Primak seems to scream his head off right in the middle of the song but fortunately is able to recover soon.

'Consider An Invasion' is a matured album, ambitious, far away from any mainstream. However - although containg some weirdness here and there consisting of really listenable songs, requiring full attention to reach for the depths. APPALACHIAN TRANSLATOR are on the way to new horizons here - that's unique. Recommended!

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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