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4 stars Volume 1 by PERHAPS is a wonderful, highly frenetic album full of haunting sonic soundscapes, pure and exploding intention, and effortless melodic, harmonic and rhythmic episodes. It begins with what sounds like a cosmic soup carefully converging, becoming, growing and dying like dusk in a prehistoric forest that crescendos into youthful awakening. Wake Up: Minute two and born from the soup an unadulterated electrical signal, a live wire; expressed by the savvy trio arrangements, that oscillate between a tight rhythm section groove, contrapuntal movement, bleeding horn parts and synth glitches. I imagine an energy source desperately searching; unharnessed, undaunted as it powers everything it touches- the vein of this album is definitely so profoundly about this wild pulse. One the best moments begins to happen around minute eighteen as the music begins to enter a spectral and truly distraught trumpet musing' which is the first place in the music that sounds questioning to me, sounds like the search has become less about movement and more about what it hopes to find and then FIND it does. The last breathtaking ten minutes of quiet melodic intensity happens which becomes like shelter from the storm; a place of peace, and true tear inspiring transformation' as if from all the carnage and confusion and angst and overwhelming beauty comes forth this sole original idea'that allows you to miss the delirium of the first twenty minutes while being completely enthralled and overwhelmed by the beautiful build of the theme. I think this album is inspiring on so many levels; it honestly reflects asymmetry and wild abandon, the mix is gorgeous, and the technical ability of the players and arrangements are awe inspiring but the last ten minutes, the last ten minutes... put PERHAPS on the map and show the bands unequivocal potential for longevity in whatever direction the muse takes them. GREAT ALBUM.
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