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Eclectic Prog • United States


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Bubblebath formed in Mineapolis, Minnesota in 1995,and found their definitive lineup in 1998. They play an avavt garde mix of prog, pop, and jazz - sometimes catchy and melodic, but always complex and well structured, and always original and refreshing: on their Myspase page they said "Never give the listener a chance to get bored!" Their debut and their only release this far, "Such Fine Particles Of The Universe", came out in 2001 on the Sounds Reasonable label. The album received rave reviews but unfortunately, virtually unknown in the mainstream. New album awaited in 2006!

It sounds dense, complex, and very well performed. Bubblemath are very skilled musicians and they show it without any technical w*nking in their fantastically composed and arranged songs. Their influences vary from classic prog such as GENTLE GIANT and KING CRIMSON to the likes of ECHOLYN and DREAM THEATER. A must have for any prog fan looking for great modern prog.



Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
They have a sound similar to that of King Crimson, Gentle Giant, and Dream Theater.



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Such Fine Particles Of The Universe, studio album (2001)

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3.75 | 31 ratings
Such Fine Particles Of The Universe
2001
3.96 | 70 ratings
Edit Peptide
2017

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 Edit Peptide by BUBBLEMATH album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.96 | 70 ratings

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Edit Peptide
Bubblemath Eclectic Prog

Review by toddbulky

5 stars Well, lummy. It finally arrived...after what seems like several generations of waiting, the second Bubblemath album 'Edit Peptide' is here, and, by God, it's a musical explosion right into your face.

Prog fans may, in general, be ignorant of the band's existence (even the ProgArchives bio has them labelled as "Bubblebath"), but this is almost certainly down to the huge temporal distance between their recordings. Their first album 'Such Fine Particles Of The Universe' was released back in 2001 on a small record label, and garnered much (well deserved) praise at the time, although, like most good things in/around the prog genre, it slipped under the radar of 99% of the good folk of Planet Earth. Its mind-boggling complexity, coupled with its playful sense of humour, pun- heavy lyrics and song titles, and its memorable tunes, left a real impression on me. I first heard a selection of tracks from the album, long after it was released, on the Aural Moon internet radio station, and even though Aural Moon in those days was prone to breaking up mid-song (and sometimes crashing completely), somehow the Bubblemath selection got through unscathed. Bookended by more furrowed-brow classic prog such as ELP and Yes, it stood out and shouted 'Buy me!'. It was as earnest as the classics in terms of skill, but in terms of atmosphere, this was more foam party than wake. And so I eagerly anticipated a follow-up, with accordingly multiplied sales and subsequent world tour...

Being a fan from that point onward was, to say the least, a little frustrating. Year after year after year went by with the constant inkling of a promise of the hint of a new album...but none arrived. Songs had been written, and in a lot of cases recorded, but it seemed the new material was stuck in 'mastering limbo' - and with the members all having grown up, the distractions that come with family, house moves etc all impeded progress towards completion. And for a band whose sound is defined by perfectionism, this means a LONG wait indeed.

The wait is at an end. And Edit Peptide is every bit the masterstroke that the Bubs promised for all those years. Punishingly complicated, ridiculously tuneful, jagged as a shattered flint, and, lyrically, one of the finest albums you'll ever read. Puns abound in and between song titles, and musical themes are ripped backward and forward in a way that makes the band virtually uncategorisable. Indeed, the band refuse to be pigeonholed and have stated on many occasions that they have only heard their supposed influences (Cardiacs, Echolyn, Yugen) after they've been told that they 'must have been influenced' by those bands.

Stand-outs, for me, are...

1) The spine-tingling 'Making Light of Traffic', which has to be one of the songs of the decade, with vocalist/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Jonathan G Smith veering between caustic ego-flattening ire and sweet Green Gartside avant-pop. It's almost impossibly delicate and brutal at the same time. A serious, serious achievement.

2) The very start of the album, where Routine Maintenance kicks in via a series of battering-ram syncs. It's like 'hello again' with a boot in the face. Drummer James Flagg is clearly one of the finest players on the planet, and he shows it here - it's just about the perfect percussive showreel.

3) "...can't we all just get a lawn??". A full song about lawns is to be lauded in any context. "...'Cause we're not gonna take any mow" just finishes it like Picasso must have done. If Picasso had been a lawn mower, that is.

4) Avoid That Eye Candy - "Seven billion people feel shamed and shoddy 'cause they don't have a supermodel body. But it's time those seven billion knew that only seven people do" True dat...

5) The Sensual Con - the breakdown in the middle of this song makes Dream Theater look like the Monkees. Exhilarating and bonkers in equal measure.

If you want to smile more in 2018 and beyond, forget Happiness Therapy and all of that rum meh - just catch yourself an earful of Edit Peptide. Like its title, it works as well backwards as it does forwards. Roll on the next one...sometime before 2033 would be great lads!

 Such Fine Particles Of The Universe by BUBBLEMATH album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.75 | 31 ratings

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Such Fine Particles Of The Universe
Bubblemath Eclectic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I thought I should review the debut of Minnesota's own BUBBLEMATH as they've just released the followup to this some 15 years later! I was happy to see Kev Rowland mention CARDIACS in his review of their new one because I kept thinking of them almost throughout this whole album. The hyper and energetic sound and especially the vocals. Not exactly a style I'm into but it's hard not to appreciate how complex the instrumental work is, these guys are outstanding! But I always grew tired of this album before it ended, just my tastes in music. So while I agree with a lot of what Phil(Man With Hat) says in his review I can't round up to 4 stars like he did. I'm in the minority though so I would recommend anyone who's into Avant/ Pop to please check this band out.

These guys have an amazing sense of humour as seen in the song titles. "Miscreant Citizen" opens with atmosphere that builds then it kicks into a full sound. Vocals come in almost yelling the lyrics. It settles down after a minute but contrasts will continue. "Be Together" is maybe the best song on here. A mid-paced tune with an excellent guitar intro as the vocals join in. Piano as well then more guitar after 1 1/2 minutes as the vocals step aside. Nice bass and drum work too. Some fantastic instrumental sections here. A calm 4 minutes in with piano only as reserved vocals join in. It's cool the way it builds to the end.

"Dancing With Your Pants Down" really reminds me of CARDIACS vocally. Lots going on instrumentally. Not a big fan of this one overall. "She's No Vegetarian" reminds me of the STRAY CATS and man I can't stand that band. "Doll Hammers" is catchy and uptempo and actually reminds me of 3RD DEGREE. A calm with piano 1 1/2 minutes in, cymbals too. A music box ends it.

"TV Paid Off" is one I'm not into because of the vocal style. "Help Yourself To A Neighbor" opens with almost whispered vocals in an Avant soundscape. The vocals do get fuller along with the overall sound as the tempo picks up. CARDIACS come to mind here. "Forever Endeaver" is CARDIACS-like with the high energy and vocals. "Heavenly Scared So" is uptempo with impressive instrumental work as per usual.

"Your Disease Is Nicer" has a powerful intro as passionate vocals join in. "The Potential People" is close to being my favourite track but certainly is number two(haha). This is more laid back for a change including the vocals. Well at least for 1 1/2 minutes. I still like this as it picks up. Some crazy outbursts too. Nice guitar before 4 minutes and check out that bass. "Cells Out" is my final top three song on here. A catchy tune with keys, bass and drums standing out early with vocals before it turns more powerful including the vocals. Contrasts continue.

CARDIAC fans should love this debut from BUBBLEMATH. Certainly fans of the popular Avant/Pop we seem to be hearing a lot of the last several years will want to investigate.

 Such Fine Particles Of The Universe by BUBBLEMATH album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.75 | 31 ratings

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Such Fine Particles Of The Universe
Bubblemath Eclectic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars I was not familiar with this band before listening to this album which gets my attention with a review of their last album. The music is very original and quite funny if not insane at times with many twists from jazz music, to Prog rock using multipart vocals sometimes close to Zappa, Izz, Gentle Giant and Echolyn. The musicianship is impressive and the compositions are intense with many crescendos with some heavy passages which make this band a heavier version of all the bands mentioned above. There are some furious instrumental parts between many versatile vocals parts that show a different kind of tones from the modern era and the punk alternative era. The complexity of their song structures is easy to digest with the good dose of humor the band infuses to their music, the jazzy atmosphere, and the lyrics. This another great discovery for me, just what I need to pick up the latest album.
 Edit Peptide by BUBBLEMATH album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.96 | 70 ratings

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Edit Peptide
Bubblemath Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

5 stars

According to the label, Bubblemath are an Eclectic Prog / Avant-Pop / Technical Metal Quintet, while Prog Archives simply call them "eclectic". In my humble opinion, they're both correct, and wrong. When I put this on the player I knew immediately what this style of music was, namely "pronk". Yes boy and girls, at long last we have a band that is determined to keep the name "Cardiacs" alive and kicking. A mere short fifteen years since the debut, the line-up (who got together in 1998) is still the same, they just had a small issues getting this finished. I'm sure they haven't' been recording full-time for the last fifteen years, but there are times when the listener wonders how on earth they managed to move from point A to point B in a song, as this is complex, tight, and completely off the wall.

Don't try to work out what time signature a certain piece of a song may be in, or what chord structure they are using, and instead just relish the total insanity and musical chaos of what is going on. They use a (fairly) straightforward musical line-up, just use the instruments in somewhat unusual manners. The quintet is Blake Albinson (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, nylon string guitar, keyboards, tenor sax, vocals), Jay Burritt (electric bass, fretless synth bass, fretless electric bass, upright electric bass, vocals), Kai Esbensen (keyboards, vocals), James Flagg (drums, percussion, vocals) and Jonathan G. Smith (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, flute, clarinet, chimes, gong, glockenspiel, xylophone, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, banjo). Yes, they all sing.

I love this album, it's just plain awesome, although I can pretty much guarantee you won't be singing any of the songs, although they somehow manage to be melodic as well as, well, weird. Zappa would love these guys, who also have a hint of Specimen 37 in what they are doing, and if you want something so far out of both normal mainstream, and the progressive mainstream, then this is going to be worth discovering.

 Such Fine Particles Of The Universe by BUBBLEMATH album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.75 | 31 ratings

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Such Fine Particles Of The Universe
Bubblemath Eclectic Prog

Review by maryes

4 stars Therefore in the first compasses of this disk - "Such Fine Particles of the Universe " of the American band BUBBLEMATH - it was impossible to me not to agree with the influences mentioned by the biography in the PA, GENTLE GIANT, KING CRIMSON, ECHOLYN, DREAM THEATER. but, I think it was lacking to mention at least two bands: YEZDA URFA & PENTWATER, such it is the complexity of the sound because, besides the already mentioned influences, I could mention as example a small passage in the beginning of the track 10 "Your Disease is Nicer" where I remembered ALICE COOPER . Taking in consideration all that complexity, the disk is of easy audition (much easier of assimilating than for instance "The Sacred Baboom" of YEZDA URFA, that needs some auditions due to complexity so that "understands" the disk definitively), maybe due to excellent form as this complexity was arranged that do with that there is an cleary relationship among them vary, intricate and successive passages that one can find in a single track. My rate is 4 stars!!!
 Such Fine Particles Of The Universe by BUBBLEMATH album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.75 | 31 ratings

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Such Fine Particles Of The Universe
Bubblemath Eclectic Prog

Review by MaxerJ

4 stars Going onto Bubblemath's MySpace, I noticed that this album came out in 2002.

All I can say is... Why wasn't I informed?!!

This quintet truly has the mark of the Prog-Gods on them. Beginning with the quick yet somehow smooth Miscreant Citizen, I was reminded of Mr Bungle. Some of the others fell into a quirky and wacky style that didn't appeal to me, but 'Potential People' 'TV Paid Off' 'She's No Vegetarian' and 'Your Disease is Nicer' were very solid. But all pale in comparison to the awe-inspiring 'Be Together'. This song just grabs you from go and its frenetic pace won't let you go. I have not heard ANYTHING this well composed from the last ten years. In fact, i would go so far to say that I have not heard anything this flowing, quick-paced and... progressing... since good ol' Roundabout.

Go onto Itunes and buy Be Together - the rest, as they say, will flow. To reiterate my previous point, it is a crime that this came out in 2002 and only now has it caught my attention. This means not enough people have bought this! So go do us all a favour!

Yes, you looking at this on the front page!

Don't jump over to the Porcupine Tree or Genesis pages! Go onto Itunes, now!

And brush your teeth. I can smell them from here.

 Such Fine Particles Of The Universe by BUBBLEMATH album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.75 | 31 ratings

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Such Fine Particles Of The Universe
Bubblemath Eclectic Prog

Review by Bj-1
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Inventive, colorful and unique are the words I would use describing Bubblemath's musical attitude, and although they never acclaimed more than a cult following ever since the release of their wonderfully eclectic and somewhat misunderstood debut album "Such Fine Particles of the Universe" I can definitely see a bright future for them. The music bursts with energy, originality and virtuosity proved by intericate and playful compositions who all have an experimental edge similar to Avant-Prog legends such as Mr. Bungle and Frank Zappa, who also are among Bubblemath's strongest influences it seems. It's a very cohesive and intense album with hundreds of ideas melted down to 12 very different songs but keeps the band's unique sound throughout all of them. I still have to agree with fellow reviewer Man With Hat that the album looses some focus and kind of repeat it's formula near the end which also keeps me away from giving this album a perfect rating. However, the album still is very high quality all the time.

The best and most representative track here have to be "Be Together", which also is a fan favorite and with good reason. This track is one of the best examples of modern prog you can hear, blending beauty and complexity perfectly. It does sound like a crossover between Gentle Giant and early Dream Theater and have become a personal favorite of mine recently. Other highlights include "Micreant Citizen", "TV Paid Off" and "Potential People", all being strong standouts here. Especially recommended to fans of eclectic and energetic modern prog in the vein of Mike Keneally, Dream Theater and Mr. Bungle. 4.5/5

 Such Fine Particles Of The Universe by BUBBLEMATH album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.75 | 31 ratings

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Such Fine Particles Of The Universe
Bubblemath Eclectic Prog

Review by Man With Hat
Collaborator Jazz-Rock/Fusion/Canterbury Team

4 stars 3.5 stars really, but ill round it up for sheer musicianship and astoundability!

Another great unknown band. This band seemingly came out of nowhere...and quite awhile ago too. First off i must say, this is a great debut album. There are many moments on here that sound like they are being made from a band that has been together for twenty years. Its just that tight, together, and complex. All of the musicians are fantastic, and its a shame some of them aren't household names (and i find it surprising i'm saying that after only the debut!). I would like to take to the time to say that i disagree with the sub-genre placement of this band. It might be the wrong place to address this concern, but i feel that if someone is looking for a hardcore RIO/Avant album, this is not for them. Likewise, people who don't like those styles, might like this album. I personally feel its mostly symphonic prog, although it does have moments of Avant-ness. Anyway, enough of that and on to the music.

Highlights: Be Together: What an awesome song! I fell in love with it from listen one. The complexity, the lyrics, the vocals...all perfect! The crescendo at the end of the song is maddening and brillant, IMO. A great example of prog. Dancing With Your Pants Down: More of a highlight for its vocal complexity then anything eles, although there is solid playing, especially from the rythem departement. Great stuff. TV Paid Off: More vocal insanity, though nothing compared to the other two i've mentioned. Again, solid lyrics, and musicanship are in tow for this song as well. The other highlights are: Your Disease Is Nicer, Heavenly Scared So, and Cells Out. Unfortunatly the biggest downfall for this album is that after awhile, it begins to sound like you've heard it before. Diverse is not how I would describe this album. And being that, theres not much i can say for the other highlights, that wouldn't be repetitive. Even still, the musicianship and complexity of this album hold it together enough for a 3.5 star rating.

All in all, this is a great debut from a very promising band. I can't wait to hear what eles these guys have in store. For fans of complex, fast, and hard prog (at many times they remind me of Gentle Giant, just much harder and less medieval). Recommended.

 Such Fine Particles Of The Universe by BUBBLEMATH album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.75 | 31 ratings

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Such Fine Particles Of The Universe
Bubblemath Eclectic Prog

Review by Andreas

3 stars Bubblemath are described as something like avantprog-pop jazzcore. This band could probably fit in the line of new-wave avantrock bands like Mars Volta or Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, although Bubblemath is far from as interesting as those two. Easy listening pop-melodies are not what you want to hear when you are spending your time listening to avantrock. But there are some good songs on this album, such as "She's no Vegetarian" I will give 3 stars to the Neo-avantrockers.
Thanks to Cygnus X-2 for the artist addition.

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