From the opening swirl of piano and cymbals on "Smuggling Grapes," Michigan's Adam's Castle sets itself apart with its intelligent and carefully-crafted instrumental style. The threesome of pianist Sami Jano, bassist Eric Adams, and drummer Zach Eichenhorn collaborate on ten wistful and fluid instrumentals. Never adhering to common musical conventions, the trio next offers the choppy "Resting Potential" and the eerie epic "Vertigris." Eichenhorn's steady drumming provides the perfect backbone to Jano's chaotic piano and Adams' unwavering bass on "Johnny." The disc reaches a crescendo on "Revival" and "Vowel Movement," with a startlingly complex series of chord changes and surprises. The title track appears on track nine, serving up another dose of unique tempo changes and a clattering of focused musical deliberation. The ten-track exercise known as One Year comes to a clamoring ending with "Countertop," led by the drum and bass attack, with Jano's piano forever lingering in the backdrop. More than most full-lengths, the disc is best appreciated as one continuous piece, as the band never aspired to subscribe to radio-ready formulas. A humorous hidden track lies in wait on track 11. Throughout the disc, the music remains an anomaly in the indie rock scene: consistently unpredictable and diverse. Recorded at New York's Greene Street Studios, and mixed at Michigan's White Room Studios, Datafeedback Recordings released One Year in late 2002.
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