- Audio CD (Nov. 26 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: EP
- Label: Gold Standard Labs
- ASIN: B00005UDIH
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Cut That City|
|3. Eunuch Provocateur|
keep real rock music alive.
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.
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.
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. Suddenly, a barrage of drums and guitar crashes in, marking that the song has begun.Read more ›