The Biology of Plants – Vol. 2

Sixty years after Ornette Coleman released The Shape of Jazz to Come, contemporary musicians continue to challenge and expand upon the core tenets of the genre. Besides its notable anniversary, I mention Coleman’s breakthrough specifically due to its embodiment of disruption. The reception for his playing style has softened considerably…

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Rendezvous Point – Universal Chaos

We’ve pointed out many times that viewing your relationship with music as some sort of pure, Platonistic dynamic is absurd. The fact is that context, mood, pedigree, and aesthetic all play a part in whether you like a band’s music or not, often playing a bigger role than any “objective”…

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Port Noir – The New Routine

By the time a band reaches their third album, it is not unreasonable to have a certain set of expectations about what it will deliver. Sometimes, the band will stumble and fail to meet them. Others will rise to the challenge and comfortably surpass them. And a third group, to…

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Kaleidobolt – Bitter

Here is one of the indelible facts of music: as time moves on, that which is considered heavy, experimental, ground breaking, or any other choice of adjective which is used to denote the “novel”, will wear thin its welcome. Progressive and psychedelic rock is a fantastic example. There were days…

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Tillian – Lotus Graveyard

Disclaimer: Leah Marcu, the mind behind Tillian, is a good personal friend of mind. I’ve been following the project as it slowly came to life for a while now. Nonetheless, I am reviewing this album because I earnestly believe in its quality and have aimed to do as good a…

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