As the story goes, drummer Brian "Chavo" Fraser and guitarist Chris Palmatier moved to San Francisco from their native North Carolina in the 1990s to pursue music. What they initially envisioned may have been quite different from where they ended up, which is riding the crest of the new wave of progressive instrumental rock now begrudgingly known as post-rock. Along with peers such as Tarentel, Salvatore, Tortoise, Kriedler, and Do Make Say Think, they explore the sonic textures created from combining electronic and organic instrumentation so intricately as to blur the distinction. Brian & Chris' eponymous debut leans to the jazzier, less spacy side of the genre, and every song on it would fit nicely in its own niche of film soundtrack music. Both players are multi-instrumentalists (they expand to a four-piece for live shows), and virtuosos at that, so the sound is lush and evocative, transporting the listener to exotic locales via tasteful pan-ethnic percussion and soaring instrumentation, and the journeys are rife with tangible atmosphere. From pleasant acoustic ditties to quasi trip-hop adventures to balls-out rockers, this album will please anyone with a keen ear for thoughtfully composed and stunningly executed instrumental rock.
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AllMusic Review by Brian Way