Sound Tribe Sector 9 / STS9

Interplanetary Escape Vehicle

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Like the Disco Biscuits' Uncivilized Area, also released in 1998, Interplanetary Escape Vehicle -- Sound Tribe Sector 9's debut release -- captures the band on the cusp of a progression from its more innocuous jam band roots to an electronic-influenced sound. The feel of the all-instrumental disc is bright and upbeat, generally relying on straightforward funk and jazz rhythms to create a base for improvisation. The disc's opening sequence of "Moon Socket" into "Hubble," along with the closing "Evasive Maneuvers," provides a glimpse into what the band has since evolved into.

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