October 31, 2000
EUPHONE [I]HASHIN' IT OUT[/I] REVIEW
Euphone are a study in exquisite complication, amassing sets of disparate moods and intentions into one wholesome and intriguing package. Heavily rhythymic, and heavily textural, the band often recalls the next-generation space jazz of Isotope 217 (whose Dan Bitney guests on congas on a track). Tom rumbles underscore gentle vibraphone runs which quickly swell into a skipping run through a flowered meadow on "Shut It," while "Press On" has an energetic samba beat propelling a whiz-bang liquid guitar style reminiscent of Heroic Doses (another band with past association with Euphone). "Bad Ascending" has more of that delectable riffing. "Nick is Ryan" is dazzling in its multiple personalities, as a quietly Latin number with a plucked guitar which unexpectedly transitions into haunting chimes and a savage and unpredictable beat.
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