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Bosnian Rainbows
Bosnian Rainbows
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative music, band has real chemistry., June 30, 2013
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Bosnian Rainbows debut is a force to be reckoned with. Each member brings something unique to the band. Volta fans might only have their eye on Rodríguez-López, but don't expect a self-indulgent album from this guitarist. Bosnian Rainbows represents a beautiful symbol of what collaboration sounds like; each member contributing to the overall sound in a cool way. Will you hear crazy guitar riffs? Definitely, but don't expect vanity. Omar's guitar parts are somehow interesting and technical, whilst remaining minimalistic. Teri Gender-Bender is a powerhouse vocalist. It is refreshing to hear female vocals in such experimental rock, especially a voice suited for Joy Division-esque post punk. Parks brings an interesting take on percussion. His drum set is without cymbals and toms. Instead he opts to cue up samples on a keyboard, the result being moving, slightly electronic beats that explore a realm outside of the typical EDM 4/4 pounding. Kasper, the band's synth player, takes on the role of a bass player in addition to a keyboardist's usual duties. Having snyth carry the bass lines, really shapes the band's sound.

Bosnian Rainbows are definitely a band to watch in 2013. Their new concoction of psychedelic, 80s post punky, experimental rock has the perfect ratio of slight atonality to "free-based" pop chord progressions as a sort of pay-off in just the right places.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Band, New Era, Still Talented, January 23, 2013
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Like the Mayan calendar the cover depicts, the album marks a new start for TTNG after the loss of two members. Although they explore different styles of songwriting, this growth in a new direction is welcome, and does not lack any of the complexity that TTNG fans have grown to love. The album has a heavy feeling to it, not because it has a slow pace, but because of the way the songs are written as well as the lyrical content. The more prominent bass parts and Henry's take on vocals make a lot of the sounds sound like slow, ancient yet majestic beasts.

General reactions to each song, for those who crave more:
The album opens with "Cat Fantastic", a song style we are familiar with, but by its close we start to hear the role the bass plays in creating their new trademark sound.
"Havoc in the Forum" is pretty accurately described by its title. Frantic extended riffs are played over heavy bass and a thundering, stompy beat.
"Left Aligned" continues to explore this style (cue bass "chords"), while incorporating more rhythmic irregularities and classic TTNG volume swells/diminishes.
"Yggdrasil "is the first "short track" on this album. It succeeds in pounding weird electronics, a consistent bass riff and ambient noise into your head. By then end, the track is reduced to bass, revealing to the listener a melody they had been listening to all along without realizing it. I can't help but think of Tera Melos's short, more electronic tracks when listening.
By time we reach "Minute Snake" we feel acclimated to TTNGs new style, so in certain ways it seems more like an old familiar song than a new. The extended instrumental harmonic jam at the end helps reinforce this. That being said, it still retains the more in-your-face and march-like percussion that seems to feature.
"2 Birds" is the first of three acoustic tracks on this album and is probably the most like older songs such as "I'll forget about you throwing that rock...."
"Nice Riff, Clichard" has a similar feel to "Yggdrasil"....Tera Melos's Melody 1 anybody? Not that they sound the same, but its a cool comparison.
"Triptych" does a nice job of transitioning back to the more up-beat songs, alternating between sections with percussion and without. Following it, "Pymgy Polygamy" is the second acoustic track and perhaps the most intriguing to me; simple yet complex-giving an aura of mystery to something that the listener feels he/she already has "figured out."
"A Different Kind of Tall" and "+3 Awesomeness" close the album with a bang, and are real standout tracks. They represent a perfect marriage between a growth as a band and elements that long time TTNG fans will drool over (the guitar melodies are infectious). In fact, by time the final track hits, named after the album (or vice versa?), it seems more like an afterthought because the listener is still digesting the previous tracks. It is probably a good thing that the final track is so mellow....or else all of our brains would be burnt to a crisp instead of being moderately fried.

Perch Patchwork
Perch Patchwork

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "No one lives here anymore": A breath of fresh air, December 21, 2011
This review is from: Perch Patchwork (MP3 Music)
"Perch Patchwork" is Chicago's Maps & Atlases first full length LP and it doesn't disappoint. The main appeal of this album is in its uniqueness. Anyone familiar with Maps & Atlases previous EPs knows that their music is mathy; it is riddled with nimble guitar-tapping melodies and complex rhythms. Part of the greatness of "Perch Patchwork" is that it retains a lot of this amazing technicality, while being very accessible and organic feeling. They lyrical content of the album is a beast of its own, and I cannot do them justice in a review because they speak for themselves.

Not only does the album flow well (i.e. Will/The Charm/Living Decorations), but it examines certain musical themes that can be heard throughout the album. "Perch Patchwork" ebbs and flows. It swells so naturally, perhaps the greatest example being the beautiful title track, that the album becomes almost addicting to listen to. Granted, it took me a few listens before "Perch Patchwork" revealed all of its glory to me, but it gets better with every listen.

Buy this album to experience some of the most interesting, and crazy, folk inspired mathy indie rock out there. But even this genre label doesn't define their music--the best way to find out is to listen! I highly recommend listening to the song "Pigeon" to get an idea of what Maps & Atlases is all about. However, listening to any other song will do. They are all phenomenal.

Lastly I have to note that these guys have incredible live shows. They have an almost uncanny level of precision and great energy live. Maps & Atlases is truly talented and onto something special. I don't think they're going to stop making music anytime soon...I can safely say this is my favorite album of 2010, and still is at the close of 2011.

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