65daysofstatic - One Time For All Time
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One Time For All Time

What happens when you taking soaring, guitar-driven post rock music and mingle it with prog-like song progressions and insanely-detailed drum and bass drum programming? The answer is an album like One Time For All Time, the second album from UK-based group 65daysofstatic. Originally released overseas almost a year ago, the release is finally hitting shores stateside and should definitely capture some ears, sounding something like Mogwai mating with Squarepusher.

Putting its best foot forward (literally, as the opening track is one of the best on the release), "Drove Through Ghosts To Get Here" starts out slow, with a plaintive piano melody mingling with multiple layers of synths before crunchy beats gradually start chopping through. Eventually, the track turns on its head as the piano melodies speed up and beats get completely rapid-fire while layers of fuzzy guitars add yet another layer to a soaring conclusion. It all happens in just over four minutes, and the group leaves you gasping at the end.

"Await Rescue" follows, and once again the group plows through a mind-bending array of small changes and hairpin turns in just over four minutes. Huge doses of low-end and choppy breakbeats turn into more straightforward indie rock sounding guitar sections, then get chewed up and spit out as drum and bass free for all blowouts. For awhile, this approach is pretty excited, especially when the group throws down some blistering and extremely tight guitar work over hyper-dynamic beats that nearly always seem to be cranking at insane speeds (especially during the exceptional "65 Doesn't Understand You").

Other than a few small change-ups, the unfortunate part is that the group doesn't really vary from that setup at all during the relatively short album. "The Big Afraid" is a nice attempt at atmosphere as wheezy breathing, some sparse guitars, and dark rumbling tones play out over chimes, but elsewhere you can always pretty much plan on quite, proggy moments turning into flared-out drill and bass workouts (usually about two-thirds of the way through a track). At times outstanding, One Time For All Time falls into too strict of a routine to consistently blow minds.

rating: 6.510
Aaron Coleman 2006-10-19 21:04:50