Friday, May 26, 2017

Bubblemath "Edit Peptide"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Eclectic Progressive Rock
Label: Cuneiform Records (Rune 434)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 26, 2017
  1. Routine Maintenance   
  2. Avoid That Eye Candy   
  3. Perpetual Notion   
  4. A Void That I Can Depart To   
  5. Get a Lawn   
  6. Making Light of Traffic   
  7. Destiny Repeats Itself   
  8. The Sensual Con
Blake Albinson - Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, nylon string guitar, keyboards, tenor sax, vocals
Jay Burritt - Electric bass, fretless synth bass, fretless electric bass, upright electric bass, vocals
Kai Esbensen - Keyboards, vocals
James Flagg - Drums, percussion, vocals
Jonathan G. Smith - Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, flute, clarinet, chimes, gong, glockenspiel, xylophone, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, banjo

Of course, the arrangements are arguably the most important part of any record, and Bubblemath “edits the hell out of all your peptides” by fashioning one of the most complex yet alluring sequences you’ll ever hear. Pieces like “Routine Maintenance” and “Perpetual Notion” explode with the biting riffs of Metallica and the grandiose zaniness of Native Construct, never letting up as they shift movements with an array of gripping melodies and timbres (including flutes, pianos, and miscellaneous effects), keeping your ears glued and your jaw dropped. In contrast, “Avoid that Eye Candy” and “A Void That I Can Depart To,” while still immensely decorative, are lighter in tone, focusing mostly on luscious yet quirky interlocking harmonies (although the latter piece also incorporates some ‘80s synth vibes and death metal vocals, a la Haken’s recent Affinity). There’s even a warm jazz-fusion aesthetic to “Making Light of Traffic” (thanks mostly to spurts of saxophone and a major sense of freeform playfulness), plus a staggering amount of rhythmic dexterity and dynamic temperamental deviations throughout “Destiny Repeats Itself.” (Seriously, just try to count all of the time signature changes.) As clichéd as it is to say, there’s not a dull moment on Edit Peptide, as each second offers an exuberantly exhaustive sonic pool in which to swim.


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