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Post Rock/Math rock

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The Wizard
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4 stars Those who think post-rock is boring and is lacking energy in any form should definitely check this album out. It's entirely instrumental and chilled out but never gets boring. The band always play with energy and manages to keep things interest, even if it never 'rocks out'.

At it's very core this is pretty much an experimental hip hop album. It uses drum machines and electronic beats all the time and has lots of focus on the rhythmic beat of the song. There are also live drums in the mix but the focus is still on electronic rhythms. If the idea of hip-hop turns you off worry not, this is more than mere dance music. It's very arty and progressive and shouldn't fail to provide cerebral stimulation.

There's also a strong jazz influence on the album, as well as a krautrock influence. Echoes of Miles David and Ornette Coleman are to be heard all throughout the album, especially in 'Jetty' and 'Swinging from the Gutters'. The title track is full of loose drum grooves and minimalistic guitars that remind very much of Can, particularly the song 'Pinch' from their Ege Bamayasi album. Some Spanish influence also show up throughout the album, with the use of maracas and Latin sounding scales.

This album is extremely accessible. You get could even get away with playing it at a party. Even people who listen to mainstream top 40 radio could find something to like about this album. I was hooked the first I listened to this album simply because of it's an constantly entertaining and accessible album. If you like music in general you pretty much can't go wrong with this album.

The Wizard | 4/5 |


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