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Even in the Midst...
1. ...Of All This
2. Post-Colonial Nausea
3. Red-Coated Emergency Exit
4. Cup of Substance
5. Bears of Cantabria Shall Sleep No More, The
6. Prosthetic God
7. Elegant Proof
9. Brilliant Danderkovs
10. Take Me to Your Leader Never Sounded So Alien
11. Swimming Underwater with a Cat on Your Back
12. Where We Left Off
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 750261
Ahleuchatistas: Derek Poteat (bass guitar); Sean Dali (drums); Shane Perlowin.
Personnel: Shane Perlowin (guitar); Sean Dail (drums).
Recording information: Altamont Studios (07/2005-01/2007); Giraffe Studios (07/2005-01/2007); Hi Five Recording (07/2005-01/2007); Starlight Studios (07/2005-01/2007).
It seems that Ahleuchatistas' fourth album (their second for Cuneiform Records) takes everything one step further. At least, that is the impression one gets after each listen: tighter, more frantic, more creative, more restless -- more. It might even be more subtle. In the field of math rock, where complexity, intricacy, and virtuosity are essential, groups often achieve these key elements at the cost of feeling. Even in the Midst... is not an album that will get all moody, mind you, but bassist Derek Poteat, guitarist Shane Perlowin, and drummer Sean Dail manage to squeeze in a few moments of passion and tenderness -- in that regard, "Take Me to Your Leader Never Sounded So Alien" is a masterpiece. The trio's music is still as bare-boned as ever: guitar, bass, and drums; hardly any overdubs; and very little effects. For that, comparisons with labelmates Forever Einstein and Rattlemouth are in order. Tracks on this album are a bit longer than this group's average, with four pieces over five minutes -- epic proportions for Ahleuchatistas. Surprisingly, those longer tunes quickly become album highlights. Despite the fact that they contain so many ideas per minute, they remain coherent and exciting, without turning overwhelming. "Swimming Underwater with a Cat on Your Back" and "Prosthetic God" clearly stand out for those reasons. However, the shorter tracks don't disappoint: "Post-Colonial Nausea" and the 56-second "Cup of Substance" will have you wondering how these acrobatics are possible. A strong opus. ~ Franois Couture
Alternative Press (p.116) - "Pedal-free performance is the name of the game, as the band explore the limits of their own instruments....Music doesn't get much closer to the edge than this."
The Wire (p.51) - "The opening track from EVEN IN THE MIDST, '...Of All This', is a miscellany of themes....There are silky chops, ticking rhythms, hiccups and pauses, and glissando runs that curve as elegantly as the blade of a scimitar."
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