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Tremulant EP


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 26 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Gold Standard Labs
  • ASIN: B00005UDIH
  • Other Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cut That City
2. Concertina
3. Eunuch Provocateur

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By Ryan Scott on April 27 2004
Format: Audio CD
Did you ever have that brother or sister in your family, that eclipsed you, no matter how great the things you did were and how truly magnificent you are? Well, De-Loused in the Comatorium is the popular brother in the Mars Volta family. Hailed by critics left and right, loved by nearly all who experience it.
But what about Tremulant? The one that showed De-Loused the ropes? While it's not as polished and filled with some big-name session musicians and producers (although Alex Newport is nothing to poke a stick at) it has just as much heart and soul as De-Loused. It's still spacey and surprising; surreal and searing, just packed into a smaller amount of time.
Cedric's lungs still seem to be coughing up the shards inhaled at the demise of At The Drive-In, but it's only small pieces, and like they aimed to, they progress forward with their music.
This CD helps complete the chain that leads you to their newest endevor and manages to offer The Mars Volta with textures and tones that we're yet to see on any of their other works.
It's a reccommended buy if you even remotely liked De-Loused.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 17 2004
Format: Audio CD
One of the freshest new rock bands in years is the Mars Volta, a sort of space punk band that blasts in and out and leaves you dizzy. The EP "Tremulant" is a fierce little chunk of music that blends together a dozen different musical styles into a big glorious stew.
The EP features a mere three songs. "Cut That City" has a steady buildup before exploding to life. "Concertina" is a more conventional rock song, but it's always ready to twist when it seems to become ordinary. Closing track "Eunuch Provocateur" is a mind-blowing example of what Mars Volta does best: rapid-fire, loud and strange, with plenty of dizzying instrumental stretches.
The Mars Volta is not what most people think of as a rock band. They rock, sure. But they cram in about every musical style that shouldn't fit together: punk, funk, psychedelica Latin, a touch of jazz. And at the heart of it is art-rock. Rather than defying the standards of rock music, the Mars Volta grabs those standards and twists them into a Dali-esque sculpture.
It has the weird, science-fictiony lyrics that Mars Volta does so well, but it's hard to hear them. Cedric Bixler's high, thin voice bobs in and out of the explosive music, and at times you can catch little hints of things that don't seem to make sense. No matter. His voice sounds almost like another instrument being played, whether he's wailing or murmuring.
"Tremulant" is a good intro to Mars Volta's full-length debut, the magnificent sonic avalanche "De-Loused in the Comatorium." The only problem is the hunger for more it leaves in its wake.
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By Colin on Feb. 13 2004
Format: Audio CD
Tremulant, the first taste of The Mars Volta, has proved to live up to the hype. While listening to the first track, Cut That City, one must be curious about TMV. Odd, quiet noises that occupy nearly 2 minutes of first track can be confusing. But once the feeling of calmness begins, the track explodes into a pounding, relentless storm, covered by distorted lyrics. The lively guitar and drums slows down temporarily, allowing Cedric to showcase his serene yet haunting voice, before reverting back to the same instrumental pattern as the electric first verse. Following what sounds like a drum solo, the song slows down it's tempo and volume for about a minute, before a deafening scream by Cedric returns the song to it's fast pace for it's final seconds. Cut That City is a perfect first track to display the talent of The Mars Volta.
Next is Concertina, an eerie song with a tint of latin and vast dynamic changes. The crashing guitars in the beggining turn into light and mysterious guitar work. Omar showcases his talent with the guitar while Cedric's vocals convey a multitude of emotions, if the other instruments hadn't done that enough. When the song almost seems like it's getting repeatative, it launches into a crafty guitar solo, followed by timely drumming and vocals that bring the very emotions of Cedric directly onto the listener. The chorus repeats again, closing out this creepy masterpiece.
The beggining riff of Eunuch Provocateur immediately shows that the music has not had it's way with you yet, although it is the last track. Energetic drums come in, along with sound effects that drown out the main guitar riff. The music suddenly stops, forcing you to wonder what stunt this exhilirating band will perform next.
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By Clark W on March 15 2003
Format: Audio CD
When At The Drive-In, probably the greatest post-indie/punk band ever (and easily the best of the late '90s) went on "indefinite hiatus", the band basically split in two parts; Sparta and The Mars Volta. The split was pretty much down the middle, the guys with 'fros went to TMV, those without went to Sparta. TMV took the unpredictable, experimental attributes of ATDI, Sparta took the catchy, radio-friendly side. While Sparta quickly produced an album and went on tour with Weezer, TMV took a little longer to get themselves together. But enough about Sparta, this review isn't about them.
What The Mars Volta has given the music world with this EP is a peek at the future. This band is going to be a major contributor to the evolution of music over the next few years, provided they can keep it together. The Tremulant EP, although only 3 tracks, is a (approx.)20 minute assault of intense, ethereal, and overall brillant music and it will leave you wanting more, guaranteed. Much like ATDI, TMV has a sound that no one will be able to duplicate. Buy this now, go see them on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and count the days until their LP comes out.
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