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Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic - The Iridium Controversy  CD (album) cover

THE IRIDIUM CONTROVERSY

Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.17 | 28 ratings

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admireArt
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4 stars Béla Bartók lives on!

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, 2003, "The Iridium Controversy " is kind of forgotten, even though they come from the USA, which usually brings on a wider audience. Nevertheless completely understandable, considering the kind of non-stop intensity this guys usually handle, but mainly because their contemporary classical music roots, which sets them apart in this sub-genre's different stylings. So just to paint a clear picture, their musical "structures" stand closer to the latter Universe Zero's or Art Zoyd's (although not that "serious"), than Zappa's or The Residents' or Zamla's.

All of this of course, without losing the "humor" (but not caring really that much) or the "idiosincracies" of this sub- genre. Their songs run free in different and varied directions, but the intensity in each enhances their very structured musical language as composition and performance go.

What to expect? For starters completely "instrumental", then, composition-wise: "Bartokian" counterpointing like rhythms, clear references to Steve Reich's "micro-minimalism", lots of free-Jazz and electronics, with some howling electric guitars and saxes. Blended with punk and rock and classical music lines, some "dark-ambiental" moments, as some unorthodox "latin" flavors, mixed up with a unique and original style that never runs dry of musical ideas, creativity or proposals.

****4.5 "intense, intense, non-stop RiO/AV", PA stars.

Not for everyone, but "gold" for those who enjoy this kind of trips!

P.D. And of course the deserving Roger Dean art cover pays for itself!

admireArt | 4/5 |

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