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Mister Metaphor
Mister Metaphor
Omnibus Records
www.mistermetaphor.com


Lighter math rock fare, Mister Metaphor wins me over by subtle nuance and change that appears effortless, but is well designed to a critical degree. It is this attention to detail that sets this band apart from any other band I could name; at times they remind me of Weezer and at others they vary into a quasi Pink Floyd territory. But they don't sound like either... weird, I know. It's the jazz infusion of the math rock that makes them all over the scale.

"Can't See the Picture" starts with low-key bass and guitar parts but quickly escalates to a vibrant cacophony, only to ebb back to subdued main line vocals and then finally to a break-out chorus. Complex and interesting, they mastered shifting feels without losing momentum or distracting from the whole to create a bright intelligent piece of work. The songwriting emphasizes the group interactions beautifully, giving ample space for individual growth and movement, yet maintaining a firm hold on the leash that is the material, so it just doesn't spiral totally out of control.

Every instrument shines in the production, as the drums consistently reign in the other parts and transition the various rhythms with tact and accuracy. The guitars support those quick changes within each song, never appearing to repeat themselves and continually creating distinct parts to blend into the whole. The bass holds its own in this barrage of music, tying itself to the drums when necessary and accenting the bare parts at other times. Vocals fit the material nicely, providing well placed trills and memorable lines, but it is the addition of backing vocals at specific places that put it above and beyond, as in "The Gloaming".

To be nit-picky I would have spent a little more time with the guitar sound effects, choosing a warmer version of chorus enhancement and using distortion more to really over-emphasize those changes. Despite that though, this is a well-conceived album that is worth it on so many levels. While math rock has not yet found its way into the mainstream, it will be bands like Mister Metaphor who finally make it accessible to the common public.

-bishop

Track listing:
1) 90 Words
2) Can't See the Picture
3) Sound of Step
4) Change Up
5) The Gloaming
6) Breathe Out


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