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Originating from Chiang Rai, in the north of Thailand, Empaθi (Empathi) is a progressive rock band whose compositions veer away from the genre's typical symphonic approach. The band's 2016 self-titled debut album, a primarily instrumental affair, presents an odd blend of styles, woven together into a collection of short pieces, each approximately 4 minutes in length. Best described as experimental, Empathi's tense and rhythmically challenging style borrows from such diverse influences as jazz, ethnic Southeast Asian music, and psychedelic rock, in addition to classic prog of the 1970's. Empathi is also noteworthy for their use of experimental electronic sound production, including semi-random compositional algorithms and artificial voices. Despite their unorthodox compositional style, Empathi is still immediately recognizable within the prog rock realm, with prominent keyboard work and complex guitar playing, and should be of interest to fans of inventive avant-garde music.

-Magnum Vaeltaja

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Empathi Eclectic Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars What an eccentric air conditioner. Wondering what they have explained in this opus ... it's a mystery really.

Plenty of ethnic, hypnotic, or freakout melodic / rhythmic essence sounds like novel Krautrock for me (maybe full of electronic elements around their sound baseline I guess additionally). Sorry that I'm not very familiar with Thai folk music or so, but their orientally solemn appearance reminds me of something novel. As a small ripple, sticky, repetitive, bidirectional melodic waves come one after another. And this whole world via the eponymous creation lets me know what an east-Asian progressive rock should be. Anyway the first bullet "Jazimuth" perfectly hit me away with dissected rhythmic / electronic baseline and gentle flute picturedrawing ... soundscape like this one is not my musical stockroom.

"Live From Mars" ... let me mention as for this production. The 'live' one might have been specified needless to say, and simultaneously reminds me of the similar vein to a Japanese funky Krautrock combo Omoide Hatoba. It's quite fantastic such a danceable electronika is played without any deviation nor distraction. The following one "Rattamontree" featuring beautiful ethnicity and dreamy optimistic expression can drive you into another fantasy. Followed by "Saranay" and "Gasoon" where authentic psychedelic keyboard sound departure is pretty effective. Such a naturally streaming unification in the middle part of the album is superb indeed.

"Planck Length For Pirates" has many ungraspable elements all over but complete solid performance can be heard entirely. What an eccentricity. "Chapnastan" is a complex combination of acid folksy acoustic hallucinogenic agent and heavy freaky tribal orientation. What an excellence this track has uniappearance. In "Leela 1" a bunch of difficult phrases each of which should be synchronized with other ones quite loosely ... this looseness discharges mysterious atmosphere here and there. The last "Music For Elevators" produces mystic moments seasoned with hints like a time traveller apparently.

A fantastic creation indeed, as a result. Their superb soundscape notifies you that in Thailand are lots of musical groundworks. Why can you avoid researching progressive rock scene in Thailand?

Thanks to epignosis for the artist addition.

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