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New York based ESCAPADE was formed in 1996 by Hadley Kahn (drums), Christian Doscher (guitar), Joey Murphy (bass), Paul Hilzinger and John Ortega (keyboards, electronics). Although it often sounds composed all the way through the band's music is made of spontaneity as the result of improvisational sessions. Starting from psychedelic/space rock they pull out all the stops playing experimental entering avantgarde and krautrock territories too. Specialized on weird stuff the US Mother West/Submergence label has released the band's complete discography which is consisting of more than 10 items in the meanwhile.

'Searching For The Elusive Rainbow' appeared in 1997 as their debut CD with three acid post rock tinged jams. Guitarist Paul Casanova replaced Doscher afterwards and one year later 'Inner Translucence' came out, containing two epic trips, much more spacey emphasized. 1998 'Citrus Cloud Cover' followed with two CDs full of freak-outs featuring Jane Scarpantoni on cello. Guitars are stepping back here for the benefit of synthesizer elements en masse. The production is also including two lengthy live songs recorded at the Orion Space Rock Festival in Baltimore.

'Due To A Faulty Premonition' marks some stylistical changes in 1999 bringing up ambient and even jazzy elements. ESCAPADE was operating with two guitarists now because Joey Murphy had shifted. Russel Giffen joined to play the bass. Subtle editing and overdubbing also began to be used, though the music was still fundamentally improvised. Next album 'Remembrance Of Things Unknown' is collecting unreleased material from older sessions whereas 'Rule #3' is relying on drones and ambient sounds. 'A Thousand Shades Of Grey', a split CD produced with ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE, was released in 2003 and 'But Distractions Abound' from 2007 is the band's current effort. Both albums offer freak-out guitar jamming and hypnotic krautrock rhythms.

ESCAPADE stands for a psychedelic/space rock based sound coupled with a strong avantgarde approach.

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 Inner Translucence by ESCAPADE album cover Studio Album, 1997
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Inner Translucence
Escapade Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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— First review of this album —
4 stars Here we have a New York based band which offer a conceived ratio of experimental attitude and accessible moments. This album is brimfull of fine tunes providing space prog with a considerable krautrock and avant touch. Main producer is drummer Hadley Kahn .... and yes, you can hear it concerning the mix - the drums are very present .. but this never is a problem though, hence a proper drive is guaranteed which is responsible for the album's success among other things. ESCAPADE's approach is improvisation, but it often sounds well arranged surprisingly. Probably the reason is the special interaction based on a longtime collaboration featuring Paul Casanova (guitar), John Ortega (bass, keyboards), Paul Hilzinger (synths, keyboards) and Joey Murphy (guitar, bass).

They know how to build up tension - Prologue and the hypnotic Moving in Limbo are sounding like a warm-up in some way, in order to open the door for the core tracks. Those songs crossing the ten minute mark are the most exciting - to name Destination Somewhere first. I would crown it the album's masterpiece. They provide such an impressing atmosphere here. One of the finest space rock tracks ever, comprising genre typical characteristics as well as surprising elements. For example Robb Ross plays an intriguing exotic flute here - an excellent hallucinatory flow is to state coupled with accentuated synths, tricky percussion, Hadley Kahn's jazzy coloured drum playing, mysterious effects and melancholic guitars - a wonderful inspired jam!

The following Another Mirage meanders like they were exploring the depths of the sea on a rather creepy trip. And the final Colorfields is the longest as well,.a live recording of twenty minutes in total,.manifesting their complete competence in one go. Starting relaxed this is swelling by and by reaching for sharp and sawing guitars until the downfall appears with a gliding spacey flow as a consequence ... stay tuned ... this is not the end! Respect! Some praise is well deserved for this experimental and avantgarde appeal presented with much feeling. Chances are rare - but I really would love to see them on a stage anytime soon (hope is the last thing to die!) - 4.5 stars (for the moment).

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