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CLAY GREEN'S POLYSORBATE MASQUERADE BAND

Symphonic Prog • United States


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Clay Green's Polysorbate Masquerade Band are an instrumental band consisting of Green on acoustic and electric guitars, who also organises digital transmission, and drum machine, affectionately known by the band as the Bubbledroid. He is joined by Edward Richard who plays bass, organ and other keyboards. The band have produced 2 albums with similar material, "Chronicles of Bubbledroid" and a collector's edition of this album is also available with extra songs. Green explains, "We had the original two-track masters redone and we've added a whole bunch of bonus tracks. The entire collection is just under eighty minutes, and it's really been an enriching experience to put it all together."

The band describe themselves on their websites as instrumental Progressive Rock presented in the style of the Early 1970's, with gritty organs, wah-wah guitar, intricate arrangements, and differing time signatures. The band pride themselves on not taking themselves seriously, and at first glance at their website, that features Italian for no reason, and the third member known as Bubbledroid, actually a synthesized drum machine, the band seem to be a parody. In an interview Green makes some cynical comments such as, "I'd describe our sound as a blend of Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come and Van der Graaf, maybe some PFM? but just the music parts, no singing of course" and "We like to think that we have something to contribute to our global society, and we've been experimenting with putting low-volume secret messages in our music, to boost sales of course."

Despite all these quirky touches, the music speaks for itself which is well performed and will appeal to those who like Camel, Focus, or other keyboard dominated instrumental music.

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Chronicles of Bubbledroid
2005
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2015
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Tardigrade Space Rock! (De la Renaissance)
2016

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3.09 | 3 ratings
Chronicles of Bubbledroid (Collectors edition)
2012

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 Chronicles of Bubbledroid by CLAY GREEN'S POLYSORBATE MASQUERADE BAND album cover Studio Album, 2005
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Chronicles of Bubbledroid
Clay Green's Polysorbate Masquerade Band Symphonic Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars Clay Green's Polysorbate Masquerade Band have two albums of instrumental music available. This is the first album, the original release of "Chronicles of Bubbledroid". The music merges jazz fusion, with symphonic keyboards augmented by guitar. Clay Green plays all guitars skillfully, and he is joined by bassist Edward Richard, who is also terrific on bass, organ and other keyboards. The Bubbledroid is an effects player and drum machine.

There are many musical treats starting with 'Saturn's Orbit', that careers off into sporadic jazz metrics and is sprinkled with keyboards and riffing guitar that jumps out with angular rhythms, rounding things off acoustically with an Italian garnish, preparing us for a Hammond and a speedy lead guitar cacophony of sound. 'Frog Boy' has a quirky beat, even reminiscent of a fast paced 'Tarkus'. The organ is especially delirious, breaking into a strange choppy sig, and this sounds as if it was exiled from the 70s.

As I mentioned in the review for the expanded edition of the album, some tunes are not long enough to fully enjoy, ending too soon and feel incomplete. For example, 'Shuffle Butt's Slow Down' is a breezy keyboard jazz exploration played at a frenetic pace, but ends abruptly. 'Rough Landing', has some weird electronic keys with a computerised soundwave. It only lasts for less than a minute so it is not easy to get into.

The highlights are here such as the wonderful Hammond driven 'Sixty-Eight' and it moves along at a measured tempo with some guitar and Hammond embellishments. 'Time Sun' is the one to listen to if you are into exemplary lead guitar work; Clay's solos here are revved to the max with screaming string bends and fast arpeggios. The infectious melodic qualities are prevalent billowing forth on swathes of keyboard.

This is an expurgated version of the much longer and far superior Collector's Edition of the album, but it still has a fun vibe, quite harmless and uplifting melodies that jog the memory on repeated listens. Clay Green has brought to the songs a thematic quality, and they start with a palpable melody with specific instrumentation utilised, and this is later joined by a similar motif, with different instrumentation, all the while building on the melodic theme heard previous. The music is quirky, enjoyable, and experimental, at times reminiscent of 70s classic prog, at other times similar to Mahavishnu Orchestra or King Crimson. My pic is the longer version of the album but this is still a fun album with a lot to offer the listener.

 Chronicles of Bubbledroid (Collectors edition) by CLAY GREEN'S POLYSORBATE MASQUERADE BAND album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
3.09 | 3 ratings

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Clay Green's Polysorbate Masquerade Band Symphonic Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Clay Green's Polysorbate Masquerade Band have two albums of instrumental music available. This is the collector's edition of their original release "Chronicles of Bubbledroid". In other words it is the same album as the first but with a ton of extra bonus tracks. Surprisingly a lot of the bonus tracks appealed to me even more than the other tracks. The music is kind of a mixture of jazz fusion, with keyboard domination creating a symphonic soundscape with some very nice guitar embellishments. The band consists of Clay Green on all guitars, and Edward Richard on bass, organ and other keyboards. The drum machine with effects is affectionately known as the Bubbledroid.

The pieces vary in style and at one stage we get a kind of Latin acoustic guitar vibe happening. I had to look carefully to keep track of the various titles as there are so many but a few stood out and made me reach for the track listing to see what it was. The pieces that I enjoyed the most are the opener 'Saturn's Orbit', a very jazzy off beat musical exploration of keyboards and guitar with jumpy rhythms and a cool riff, that ends with acoustic Italian flavours over a symphonic keyboard sound, then a freakout of fast lead soloing and Hammond shimmers, 'Plan 2', 'Piazz', both very catchy, and 'Return of Episode Xanadu', beginning with medieval organ and then moving to wah-wah lead guitar soloing, back to cathedral organ pipes. 'Time Sun' is also a gem

The tunes are nice and short for the most part so they don't wear out their welcome, and most have something that appeals. It is a kind of a quirky background music in places, and many pieces blend together so if you are not paying attention you are not sure where they finish. Some tunes are not long enough to fully enjoy, ending too soon and feel incomplete. For example, 'Shuffle Butt's Slow Down' is a breezy thing with keyboard solos over a fast tempo guitar rhythm but it fades too early to get into, feeling like half a song. 'Rough Landing', has odd electro keyboards sounding like a computer program, but does not build into anything lasting less than a minute.

But there is a lot here worth wrapping your ears around. 'Sixty-Eight' has great Hammond and a measured tempo with guitar phrases. 'Thanks!' Is quite a cheeky rhythmic melody sounding like the Bubbledroid is having too much fun, but I love the lead guitar break out. There are lovely harp sounds later, then it locks into a kind of jazz fusion feel, and it rocks out at the end with more glorious Hammond flourishes and guitar pizazz.

'The Zoo' plods along like an elephant and we hear one trumpeting, a nice touch, and it sounds like other jungle sounds in the mix over strong Hammond soundscapes. 'Time Sun' has some of the best lead guitar breaks, and really builds into an infectious hook with pleasant keyboard layers.

At the end of the album one can feel refreshed knowing they have heard some uptempo fun music with a quirky edge, and creative musical exploration. According to Clay Green, many of the songs are thematic, beginning with a discernible melody employing certain instrumentation, then a similar piece joins, utilizing different instrumentation, while developing the previous melodic theme. It is easy to hear these variations on each song and there are obvious experimental musical explorations throughout. In any case it is an enjoyable album and perhaps signifies even greater music to come in the future.

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