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The Stella Link
Mystic Jaguar... Attack!!!!
Ascetic Records

Somewhere between emo and math rock exists a comfortable musical field where only the most talented of musicians are allowed to play. The Stella Link slides harmoniously into that tranquil place, creating a rare breed of delicate and melodic near instrumental rock. Mixing among the complex arpeggios of math rock are melodic lines that recall emo and sonic washes that lend an almost shoegaze sound to a bulk of the record. The music is full of serenity, even when the lush walls of guitar rise up and create their thick fields of distorted beauty. Vocals play in and out of the music, but like in most traditional shoegaze they seem more a part of the music as an instrument rather than as a separate, distinguishable entity. The drumming on Mystic Jaguar… Attack!!!! is a loosely hard rock style mixed with the aforementioned math rock, but tends to be sparser and more logically rhythmic than most drums in the genres. The songs on this record tend towards the epic, whether three minutes long or seven, and all of them are very satisfactory in their melodic finality.

The Stella Link has put together a record of intense musical beauty and emotion that might appeal to not only math rock listeners, but also to emo/harder rock listeners and may even cross over into the goth genre occasionally. The vocals exist, but never intrude on the subtle nuances of the well-arranged and brilliantly played music, lending a very universal quality to their sound. Sonic, clever, and beautiful, this is my kind of rock!

-L. Keane

Track Listing:
1. Apogee
2. Apogee
3. Starting Line
4. Undetermined
5. Winner Takes All
6. Ice Machine
7. The Possibility Of Bears
8. Behold! The Hornless Unicorn
9. Fog Machine
10. Evil Creeper

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