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From The Vapor Of Gasoline

Mercury Program Audio CD
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1. The Sea Is In Here
2. Re-Inventing A Challenge For Machines
3. Leaving Capitol City For Good
4. Nazca Lines Of Peru
5. Every Particle Of The Atmosphere
6. From The Vapor Of Gasoline
7. Fastest Way Through The South
8. Down On Your Old Lung
9. The Vortex East
10. Highways Like Veins

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You can draw parallels, sure. "Re-inventing A Challenge For Machines", with its gentle melody and off-beat guitars, recalls the distrait experimentalism of ex-Don Caballero members, Storm And Stress. "Leaving Capitol City For Good" is like an American version of the slightly mischievous Bristol collective (Flying Saucer Attack, Movietone) or Joe Meek's 1960s visions--albeit a version with its own distinct nationality. That's it, though. From The Vapor Of Gasoline, the second effort from the Mercury Program, is like the fuzzy soundtrack to a French film. Jazz-influenced drum beats, vibraphone and guitar harmonics resonate round structures bewildering in their complexity; songs are soundscapes echoing across genres. The group may hail from Athens, Georgia, but the music sounds like it's from another world altogether. --Everett True

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Hailing from Gainesville, the Mercury Program offer a follow up to their critically acclaimed debut. Recorded by Andy Baker (Macha, Mendoza Line) in Athens, GA, this record clearly shows the band's progression as songwriters and musicians. They've added a piano and vibraphone to this recording and successfully weave jazz induced-induced drums with rhythmic basslines and off-time guitars.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't even tell you how good this is Feb. 10 2001
Format:Audio CD
A friend introduced me to TMP's debut s/t album on boxcar records. I was instantly blown away..I remember driving home late at night (he lived 6 hours away) and listening to the s/t cd (which he had burned for me)..and rocking out. From the Vapor of Gasoline definitely picks up where the last one left off. Although they have left a lot of the minimalism behind. Added now is a full time vibes player..which is absolutley incredible to listen to. For those unfamiliar with the mercury program they are essentially a combination of darker sounds ala "June of 44" with some of the mathiness of "Tortoise" with the spoken vocals of "Slint". In my opinion this band is the exact opposite of "Aloha" (who also uses a vibes player) but is more of a jazz pop band (they are also excellent). However the Mercury Program come at you with dissonant jazz rocking guitars, heavy fat bass lines and complex drums. Anyway..if you like anything post-rock...this must surely be your next purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Balance Feb. 4 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've been following the Mercury Program for some time now, and I must say this is one of the best albums waxed by the group. The Vapor of Gasoline contains a delicate balance of power and ambience. The talent of the band is very obvious through the music. Infact, it hits you with a hammer. No matter what genre of music you prefer, anyone can appreciate the vibraphone and guitar that help define the particular sound on the album.
Everyone agrees that this band is a particular sound that originated from Gainesville Florida. (Some say a mix of emo- Sunny Day Real Estate, crossed with the Jam capabilities of Phish). I've witnessed live Mercury Program shows and they never have ceased to amaze me with their intensity and talent. Each member brings a particular and important part to the album. The vocalist/guitarist has a mathmatical approach to composing the sounds. He is surrounded by one of the best drummers you haven't heard of, with an organist and bassist (who happen to be brothers) who secure the beautiful rock melodies that leave all listeners in awe.
Songs built on a foundation of instrumental math can't go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Minimalism for cathartic traveling Jan. 11 2001
Format:Audio CD
I friend turned me on to the first (self-titled) Mercury Program CD (available on Box Card Records). The subtle beauty of that album changed something inside me, much in the way June of 44 and Shipping News had touched me. So it was with great anticipation that I awaited this next release.
And a beauty it is. The bare-bones minimalism of the music is hinted at in the simplicity of the artwork. More xylophone on this release serve to add to the sleepy-time feel of the entire album. Yet there are songs which move. I love how the vocals are muted and how they blend in with the instrumentation--the lyrics, while interesting, are secondary to the music, and are a mere accompaniment to the overall presentation.
There are times when the guitarwork is remiscent of (dare I say?) early Yes, and there are passages where June of 44 and similar bands have been influential, but then one's focus is pulled from that as they launch into something unexpected, delivered with a gracious force.
This is indeed the best kept secret of the indie music world, as a previous reviewer so aptly wrote. I'd recommend this to anyone, even if they aren't necessarily a fan of indie music per se...
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4.0 out of 5 stars overplaying the momentum of rock post June 24 2004
By Woo
Format:Audio CD
The Mercury Program in some moments recall Tortoise so much that you could mix them together.There is one song actually on Data Learn The Language that is like Tortoise cover from TNT.But on this album,they rock more than Tortoise ever did,beside that In The Fishtank split with The Ex.This is driven music,with bass guitars drums and rich instrument like vibraphone(or xylophone).Full on melodical side they release the power in moments but never too hard on the strike,so it could be classified as post rock.I myself are not into post rock music like Mogwai,but this band has changes that are necessery to keep attention focused.Singing is not so important here,you can notice,because they are mostly instrumental band,and with The Mercury Program,it should stay that way,unless Sam Prekop joins in and turn them into pop band.
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