Wicked Farleys

Sentinel & Enterprise

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The debut LP from Boston's Wicked Farleys is a highly underrated foray into technical songwriting and full-on math rock. Over nine tracks of constantly shifting tempos and stop-start musical confusion, the four-piece unleash a full-blown rock assault that is equally mesmerizing and confusing. Guitarist and vocalist Michael Brodeur has a commanding falsetto that creeps throughout the tracks and sounds somewhat out of place among the noisy terrain, but his lyrics are always clear and natural in contrast to the bizarre tones that lie underneath. Drummer Ken Bernard is a phenomenal musician, and his ability to switch beats and styles on a moment's notice gives the group its necessary edge, making the always unexpected musical segues feel perfectly at home. Sentinel & Enterprise is certainly a challenging record; the songs never end up where they started and along the way enough happens to mess with listener's head more than a few times, but when given complete attention the music is phenomenally orchestrated rock that shows a bunch of very talented musicians having fun with no real boundaries. There are no specific standout tracks, but the record as a whole is an impressive piece of work that flows song by song while retaining complete, controlled chaos.

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