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    Posted: February 03 2014 at 13:25

Hi guys!

I want to suggest this new and very interesting band. It is an instrumental group and they shows a plenty of incredible guitar playing. Their music is slow, but with many dark feelings. I hear it as a  Avant-Prog, but there are also some jazz-rock and post-rock elements, so it is quite difficult to classified them. Their second album Static Motion was released on Cuneiform Records in 2014.

Stephen Thelen - Guitar
Bernhard Wagner - Guitar
Christian Kuntner - Bass
Manuel Pasquinelli - Drums

http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/sonar.html

http://www.sonar-band.ch/

http://sonar-band.bandcamp.com/






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Great band, I've become addicted to them since Udi Koomran recommended them to me. They played The Orion in Baltimore recently with Zevious & got rave reviews. Kind of like Nik Bartsch Ronin or Brandt Brauer Frick in a more Rock setting.
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HolyMoly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 03 2014 at 15:13
Been meaning to check these guys out.  I thought at first that they were already on PA because there's a Hungarian band in the archives with the same name. Thanks for the suggestion, and we'll have a listen!
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Good review posted by John Kelman at AllAboutJazz that pretty much sums up how I feel about the band.

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=46904

At a time when more recordings are released than ever before, it's rare to find a group that not just the changes way music is made, but the way it's defined. That description could easily fit Swiss pianist?% Nik Bartsch and his longstanding group Ronin, its Ritual Groove Music jettisoning overt virtuosity and conventional form for ultra-disciplined structural constructs and a deeper kind of interaction amongst its members. The same can be said, however, for Sonar, whose A Flaw of Nature was, not coincidentally, released on Bärtsch's Ronin Rhythm record label. That 2012 debut garnered the Swiss quartet some serious critical attention; with the broader exposure possible from alignment with the intrepid Cuneiform label, Static Motion is sure to garner even more.

It would be a mistake to dismiss Sonar as a guitar-centric version of Bärtsch's Zen Funk, even though the same kind of deep determinacy and avoidance of virtuosity are clear connecting points. No, Sonar has its own language, based on tritone harmonics, poly- and isorhythms, and Stephan Thelen and Bernhard Wagner's interlocking guitars. Two guitarists is usually a recipe for chops- and effects-heavy playing; Sonar's six-stringers not only eschew typical guitar gymnastics but, for the most part, the plethora of electronics so often used today—opting, instead, for relatively clean tones and natural methods to introduce tonal variety. There's no looping and minimal post-production editing; instead, just four players interacting and, indeed, improvising with faultless accuracy on three sets of three compositions—a triptych of triptychs—that are hypnotically trance-inducing while, at the same time, absolutely commanding of conscious attention. 


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Sonar is rejected for Avant-Prog ???
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It's "moved". More than Avant we have felt them more suitable for JR/F. Prog enough to be on this site but not in Avant.
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Added to RIO/Avant.  Wasn't a good fit for Math so we decided to take em back.

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