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Post Rock/Math rock

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5 stars A Mathematical Maelstrom ..

The band Perhaps begins their musical quest with their release of Volume One, a magnificent tour de force with orchestral attributes and a eagerness to dominate the sonic plains on which the band tramples.

Perhaps has blown me away with the audacity and proficiency of this album. The nearly 38- minute epic evolves from an electric Math-Rock sensation into a psychedelic fusion jam, then again to an efficacious post-rock climax. The recording of the album comes from a live performance in a basement, giving the music a wonderfully expansive sound. Musicianship of the strings, drums and saxophone is top-notch and varied. The music invokes multiple moods and atmosphere with the shifting styles the band focuses on.

Beginning with Giraffes?Giraffes!-like Math-Rock, the Perhaps trio satisfies the listener with a motley of guitar techniques, drums that both mimic and contrasts the apparent melody, and a bass that accentuates the perfect notes and rhythmic lines. This is honestly some of my all- time favorite math-rock compositions. Stylistically, it keeps you guessing and entertained the entire time - captivating you until you realize you've been hooked only on the first five minutes. It's that infectious. Eventually the musical domain opens up even more to allow a saxophone to take the lead. The music now has a completely new face, it is more warm, emotive, and seemingly boundless. Perhaps reverts from nimble, argumentative phrases to these dramatically grandiose conversations within the band. The dense shell begins to implode. A wake of gloom and destructive despair overwhelms as the we reach the finale. Finally the ending is upon you, reduced to a quiet guitar - their world is now building up from nothing. The cymbals usher in beautiful violins and violas as the music begins to gain momentum. The guitars shreak from the depths and take the reigns on this perfect ending. This Post-Rock phenomena can compete with any other band that defines the genre, even with the likes of the omniscience Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

A completely brilliant debut from this band, establishing a neurological fortress that will blanket you in awe and inspiration.

Horizons | 5/5 |


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