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Mahjongg
RaYDONcoNG2005
Cold Crush Records
www.coldcrushrecords.com


Hardcore Geek Music. And when I say 'hardcore', I mean hard-core, not the "hardcore" music genre. Seriously, is there anyone higher on the band-geek scale than a percussionist? (It sounds too cool if you say "drummer") This album is the percussionist's delight: chock-full of timing changes, layered rhythms, starts and stops, etc. It is primarily a percussion album with a variety of backing vocals (sort of), found noises, keyboards, some guitars and bass lines. But make no mistake: it is the beat that drives this album. I've heard a fair bit of experimental, math, ambient, etc. music since I've been with Hybrid, and most of it ranges between artistically vapid and unlistenable to artistically significant but often with flawed senses of palatability. RaYDONcoNG2005 has a fair bit of artistic merit, but their ability to create entertaining music sets them apart from the typical art-band paradigm. Complex, complementary, and multi-faceted; this is the sort of music for people who thrive on analysis, or finding the hidden meaning in everything. Even the name of the album sounds suspiciously like the daughter of Tommy Chong, Rae Dawn Chong. The back of the album cover contains some type of encrypted message or an encoded file, and the people thanked have many l337-sounding names. So, if the only sun you get comes from the glow of your CRT, this may be the album for you.

Surprisingly, the rest of the fold should be surprised by its rock-sensibility, particularly those who appreciated early-80's New Wave.

-JD

Track Listing:
1. BBG-9298
2. THE rRABBITT
3. FELIcity
4. The STUBBORN HORSE
5. THEGG
6. VaxiNATION
7. COTTuN
8. HOT LAVA
9. BLIVABLE dogggiiieeee
10. BISMOC UX


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