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Fractal Mirror, Slow Burn 1 (Third Contact/Synergy Music)




Fractal Mirror, Slow Burn 1 (Third Contact/Synergy Music)
CD Reviews: April 14, 2016

04/14/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Third full-length from this band, two of whose three core members have never even met face to face. That’s right, one undeniably great thing about the electronic age is that musicians can cobble recordings together and quickly tweak them on the fly without ever having to be in the same room (in this case, the drummer is in the U.S. while the two other principals are based in the Netherlands). Although their info-sheet promises prog-rock of a King Crimson stripe, along with what roughly reads like Brian Eno-type influences, this LP made me think of Decemberists’ Hazards of Love album in a lot of ways, never even minding the vocal similarities. “Prelude” starts out as pure hipster bait, light banjo exchanging phrases with cheesy 1960s flute, then into some pensive navel-gazing bar-rock. From there it’s a Whitman sampler: “Miracle” points-and-poses toward the prog writers who’ve adopted them, posting up a lot of intricate drumming and a steady Genesis vibe. “Numbers” is Bowie-ish; “V838” combines Pink Floyd and R.E.M.; “Mist” is like … cripes, Cliff Richard I suppose. None of it’s bad, believe it or not. A- 






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