Behind the Curtain

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This El Paso, TX, trio excels at creating a complicated web of sounds that tumble through unexpected time signatures, dynamic shifts, and a surprisingly enjoyable amount of falsetto vocals. Lead singer Victor Talamantes squeaks his way through song after song, but smart choruses like "I'm taken for granted/I'm gifted and talented/I'm better than any/And judging the many" still manage to emblazon themselves on the mind of even the moderately interested listener. Like a more vibrant version of math rockers the Wicked Farleys, Egon's music defies simple categorization and simply showcases a group of gifted musicians and songwriters. From arty intros to punk rock crescendos, the band tackles every twist and turn with calculated precision, and the music on Behind the Curtain is rarely predictable even after multiple listens, as all ten tracks point in noticeably different sonic directions. Even when Egon drops into a solid groove, the music is constantly evolving toward a greater moment, and much of the group's forward momentum is found through the record's truly stunning drum work. Egon has successfully created something original and captivating on its sophomore disc, an unforeseen release that could unfortunately manage to slip through the cracks.