Evil Giraffes On Mars

Cydonia

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Silly name? Yes. Silly sci-fi artwork? Yes. Smart alecks? Almost certainly yes, based on the liner notes. Serious musicians? You better believe it. Evil Giraffes on Mars are a bit of a throwback to the sound of old-school fusion. Compositionally, they seem inspired by early Mahavishnu Orchestra: lots of Fender Rhodes, knotty unison lines, passionate soloing, and powerhouse Billy Cobham-style drumming. But with two saxes, no violin, and no bass (that's right, no bass), the sound ends up being quite a bit different. The tunes are nicely composed and arranged with plenty of room for soloing. The variety and pacing are nice, with some slower numbers breaking up the scorchers, but they've got a great sense of group dynamics within any given piece. Overall, Cydonia is a pretty impressive debut.

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