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Spoors by The Science Group

Keyboardist Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer’s compositions are weirdly embellished within a potpourri of contemporary classical undertones, progressive rock stylizations, and extreme avant-garde tendencies. On the group's second release, guitarist Mike Johnson (Thinking Plague) replaces Fred Frith.

Once again, drumming hero Chris Cutler (Henry Cow) graces his associates’ unorthodox manifesto via his signature style mode of exactness and ability to navigate thru impossibly complex time signatures. With Tickmayer’s fluid compositions, this quartet operates with a cyclonic like intensity. Here, an indirect sense of spookiness sometimes coalesces with the musicians’ odd tunings, multihued electronics, layered acoustic-electric guitar parts, and a sardonic modus operandi. It’s a Science Project for sure. As the band switches gears within a nanosecond’s timeframe. Consequently, the overriding sense of adventure witnessed here, cannot be undermined. Think of Frank Zappa’s zaniness combined with impressionistic art, liquefying EFX and it all might seem as though you were caught up in a downright, preposterous dream. It’s a snaking path of ultramodern musical statements. (Highly recommended.... )

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: The Science Group
  • CD Title: Spoors
  • Genre: Fusion
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: ReR Megacorp
  • Musicians: Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer (keyboards & sampler), Bob Drake (bass, occasional guitar & organ), Chris Cutler (drums & electrified kit), Mike Johnson (guitars)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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