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VOLUME ONE

Perhaps

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.96 | 108 ratings

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Epignosis
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2 stars Perhaps a listener will like this. Perhaps a listener will not.

'Volume One' After a lengthy passage of near silence, Perhaps erupts into a gangly barrage of quirky rock, somewhat similar to the opening of 'The Hemulic Voluntary Band' by Ritual. There is some playful toying around various chord progressions, as well as some foot-stomping country rock interspersed with flashes of early Yes: Think about the eccentricity of 'Perpetual Change' in this regard. After evolving into brisk jazz, the band introduces a flailing, squealing saxophone that adds a touch of the avant-garde. The lead guitar similarly shrieks and trills like a tortured rooster. Boisterous and zany, the cacophony does not relent for many minutes. After several jarring shifts, the reverb-laden guitar lets loose over a jazzier background. At about nineteen minutes, the album moves into 1970s Miles Davis land: Cavernous trumpet over a semi-psychedelic repetitive rhythm section. As more electronic disturbances take hold, the piece becomes very much like The Mars Volta. The guitar playing alone is musical psychosis. Volume One is impressive just for being recorded live. However, the arrangement has been impossible for me to follow. Some parts just seem to be thrown in without regard to pace or structure (like the twenty-seven minute mark). And then the music ends at thirty minutes, coming back with unrelated, hushed guitar and strings building and crashing down in a completely different style. In this way, Perhaps is the Anglagard of the post/math rock category.

Epignosis | 2/5 |

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