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.
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