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Endangered by Far Corner

Cited with possessing a "chamber/classical-rock" stylistic slant, this Wisconsin-based unit interlaces an austere element with a sassy, bold and thrusting modus operandi. Consisting of lucid and spacey keyboard treatments, the unorthodox; prog-rock meets chamber instrumentation looms as a common denominator here. Among other concepts and applications, the band delves into military-march processions, teeming with booming bass patterns and ‘70s type progressive-rock oriented enactments. And with cellist/violinist Angela Schmidt’s use of bamboo flute and her companions’ various percussive methodologies, traces of world music are fused into the grand scheme of matters.

On "Creature Council," Dan Maske’s weighty fuzz-toned organ helps steer the quartet through tricky time signatures and an altogether, vast musical plane. In other regions of sound, you’ll hear warbling EFX and daintily rendered melodica choruses amid gobs of movements and textures. The band surges forward with evolving motifs that occasionally venture into cosmic-meltdown status, where themes are reformulated and in some instances, parallel famed classical composer Bela Bartok’s complex string quartet movements. No doubt, this unit treads within heady musical terrain, but where others of this ilk may tend to sound superfluous or overly didactic; these folks enact a seamless interrelation between two disparate genres. In essence, they pronounce a rather meteoric group-centric vibe that more often than not, provides stimuli for one’s psyche, to complement some good old shock therapy.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Far Corner
  • CD Title: Endangered
  • Genre: Progressive
  • Year Released: 2007
  • Record Label: Cunieform Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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