Rule #3


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Rule #3 Review

by Jesse Jarnow

Escapade's Rule #3 finds the band pushing deeper into their progressive space rock. Containing six long tracks (ranging from five minutes to nearly 20), Rule #3 convincingly explores several deep soundscapes. The opening "Symphony of Sirens" contains some wonderful glockenspiel explorations from founder and bandleader Hadley Kahn, unfortunately the album's only foray into that particular variety of ether. The closing "And Then All Silence Was Crushed" features some interestingly placed marimba work by guitarist Paul Casanova. The other four tracks are slightly blander, though not much, and could almost be filed as ambient, if not for the persistently tinny electronic quality of some of the synthesizers and guitar effects. Their cover of Pink Floyd's psychedelic classic, "Interstellar Overdrive," unfortunately seems like little more than a perfunctory head tacked onto the usual free improv. For a genuine band of musicians improvising in this mode, their avoidance of individual voices is quite impressive, and their focus is refreshing.

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