On their self-titled debut, jazz-rock instrumentalists Euphone unveiled their progressive sound. Multi-instrumentalist Ryan Rapsys, formerly of Gauge and also a member of Heroic Doses, had begun Euphone as a solo project in 1999. This disc was the result of his earliest recordings. The warm organ on "Island I'd Love to Live On" and the electronic foundation of "Red, Blue, Yellow" begin the disc with a series of intricate instrumentals. The thoughtful instrumentals continue through the nine-song disc, from the funky "Two Basic Colors" to the drum-circle aura of the percussion-heavy "Message From Touhy Bay." "Weatherbeaten" includes an extended introductory guitar strum that is soon followed by a more melodic guitar line. The music is easily comparable to Tortoise, but it's clear that the music is rooted in jam sessions free of deliberate thoughts regarding such influences. The disc ends with the serene and peaceful sounds of "My Boatship" and "Oiseaux." In the end, the overall warm and soothing sounds on Euphone's disc add up to an enthralling ride. Euphone was released in 1997 on Chicago's Hefty Records.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Cramer