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Dizzy Mystics


Eclectic Prog

3.92 | 36 ratings

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Steve Conrad
4 stars Don't dare blink or you'll miss it?

I used to hate to play ping-pong with Ted

This was because he looked old and slow, yet never failed to severely thrash me.

Hardly broke a sweat. Looked mildly amused as I tried my best to outsmart and outwit him.

In some odd way, that's how it feels to listen to this album.

No, they're not old and slow- don't even appear to be.

But Kyle is so far over my head-

?in lyrical content (stunning, wise, clever, subtle, eye-popping), in musicianship (complex, precise, eclectic, multi- layered, mathematical yet emotional), in composition (how did he get there, from here? Wait?what did he say again, then add acoustic guitar and bass in counterpoint, with the vocals doing something else amazing over the top?)

So damn. Don't blink or you'll miss something, but if you're of semi-normal abilities and sensibilities, you're going to miss a bunch, and need to rewind now and then to SORT of catch up.

See, I think it's Kyle:

And I think he wrote and performed all the music and all the instruments, aside from the drums, which someone named Aaron Edgar played

Yet, there does SEEM to be a band, composed of:

Kyle Halldorson ? Vox/Guitar Alexandre Joyal ? Guitar/Vox Jeffrey Laird ? Drums/Vox Aaron Bacon ? Bass/Vox

And, I insist I'm not making this up, only Kyle and Aaron E. show up on this debut DIZZY MYSTICS disc.

So that's just one of the mystical koans and riddles and mysteries that abound in this universe.

But there IS a dizzying and yes, mystical array of music

I liked it. I liked it a lot.

There's complexity. Insane chops. Incredible riffs, passages, patterns- winding in and out, wondrous use of vocals both as instruments and conveyers of rhythm and harmony and melody and those wickedly quick/subtle/wise/mystical/odd/quirky ideas.

Buckle up my musical friends. Buckle up.

Now ease back a second and look at that album art:

I can't find any information about it- who, what, where, why, and so on.

There's a lot going on here- the wise, the wicked, sacred and profane, the mysterious, the grotesque, holes punched in the seemingly solid ground, dangers and threats abounding, and every so often rest in the storm (I'm not sure).

So let's just wind this up, shall we?

This is a terrific album, a rip-roaring, thrill-ride, hell-fest, heavenly inspired, heavily curious piece of Kyle's insanely deep, insatiable brain whirling and churning.

If you are able to go to a Dizzy Mystics gig, I don't know who or what you're gonna see there. Maybe Kyle. Maybe the other guys. I just don't know. But I guarantee you're gonna see a head-banger of a show.

Now, who's serve is it anyway? Did you say it's Love-20?

This one earned 4.25 top-spins.

Steve Conrad | 4/5 |


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