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a'tris
Lensing
(self-released)
www.atrishq.com


a'tris is too melodic sounding to be considered avant-garde or experimental, and they are too avant-garde and experimental to be considered mainstream pop. So here they sit between two worlds with music that both worlds would enjoy if they opened themselves up to what a'tris has to offer. Fronted by lead singer Mason Taylor, a'tris is a group of like-minded musicians who seem to change their lineup with each new recording, but the music continually maintains a synth-pop/ambient-rock stratum. Formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 2003, a'tris began with Taylor and music programmer, Michael Kreher. Now, Kreher is a producer for a'tris' latest release, Lensing, along with Chuck Sokol and a'tris' present guitarist Ben Azar. The current lineup for the band also includes Pete Koopmans on drums, Claire L. Finley on bass, and Takuma Anzui on drum programming.

Lensing is a'tris' third record following their debut album, Appeal, in 2005 and their 6-track EP, Of The Commons, in 2007. Their music has a synth-flask resonance like Muse and wavy melodic currents reflective of Radiohead. Taylor's vocal hooks in "Bite The Bullet" and "Automatic Doors" make the songs memorable and leave a lasting impression on the listener relatable to Incubus' handling of melodic slopes. The industrial metal overtones in "Light And Shadows" are used for effects without taking over the melody, which has an ambient-winged phrasing seaming its base coating. The frilly embellishments along "Dark Lotus" create intervals of bustling activity, while the picturesque piano motifs of "This Mortal Engine" and "Outside The Factory" swirl around the time-ticking drumbeats. There is a shade of melancholy which drapes over segments of "Update Status" and "Paradise Is A Boxcar," but they change their tone and break out of the gloom into a soaring plane of sonic glimmers. The toggling piano keys of "Selling Oxygen" are tweed with glacial sounds and the faint rhythmic knolls have ambient-rock crests reminiscent of Radiohead.

a'tris' album sounds like much of it is made up of programmed sounds, and yet, these are all songs which sound like they could be played with an acoustic guitar or piano and vocals. There is a simplicity in the melodic phrasing which can be played bare or played with sonic embellishments. No matter which way a'tris perform these songs, the band is astute at making art-pop and implementing creative strokes and melodic-frayed indentations. a'tris is a band that has been spoken about with admiration within the indie music circuit, but the band continues to fall under the radar of the mainstream. If the stars are positioned right, maybe Lensing will finally give a'tris the attention that they deserve for being both melodic sounding and art-pop.

-Susan Frances

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