Arms of Tripoli are an instrumental band out of LA built from members of various other local instrumental bands. While its core group of five musicians is a constant, they also bring in others to create more of a rotating ensemble, each iteration with its own unique musical flavor. As would be expected from such a collective ethos, collaboration is at the heart of the music they write. That spirit of collaboration is hugely evident throughout their debut album, Dream in Tongues, and the result is a thoroughly thrilling record brimming with energy and ideas that might just be one of the most promising post-rock debuts in a while.
New Heavy Blog review! Posted about these guys before, and my opinion still stands. The album’s really terrific and very worthwhile if you’re a fan of Tortoise or likeminded bands.
Leading up to the announcement of their third full-length, Kindly Bent to Free Us, the band gave every indication to expect bigger, more expansive sci-fi-driven jams (space jams, if you will). In that regard, Kindly Bent to Free Us certainly succeeds. The problem is that Cynic’s “progression” is starting to cross the line into dangerous territory: one where “prog” becomes synonymous with bloated mish-moshes of wandering jams to nowhere.
New Heavy Blog review! This one might be a bit more divisive. I really like Cynic’s work, but I simply found too much of this album lacking in ways they’ve managed to avoid up until now.
First freelance project of the year in the can and in the cutting room (which happens to also be my bedroom…).
More details on this soon, but this is just one piece of a very large upcoming project with The Collegiate Chorale that I am unbelievably excited about. Then there’s another completely separate project for them that I am enormously looking forward to. Oh yeah, and there’s also this little gem coming up later this month.
Like I said a little while ago, 2014’s going to be an eventful year…
Went on vacation around Calgary last weekend. On the way to glorious (albeit not powdery) skiing, got to ride through the beautiful Banff and connected national parks. Thanks to some unseasonably warm air, most of the mountains were tucked beneath dense cloud and fog. Made for low visibility and not much in the way of expansive landscapes, but it made for some striking images in its own right.