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Thank You Scientist - The Perils Of Time Travel CD (album) cover


Thank You Scientist


Crossover Prog

3.59 | 34 ratings

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3 stars If only they would have included two more songs this good?

This would have been a wonderful record. I am saying this because since the first time I listened to "The Perils of Time Travel" I was attracted by its peculiar sound, and enjoyed the almost 30 minutes this EP offers, so I wanted more, when it finishes, you leave with the sensation they could have done more, because you noticed they are talented and have much more to explore and explode. That happened to me with this debut EP of American band Thank You Scientist, I actually wanted more songs.

But those are good news actually, because that means the band is in the right way, creating music that I liked and letting me with a good impression, looking now forward to hear more of their repertoire. This EP opens with "Grin" which is the shortest composition, though four of them have practically the same length. First we can listen to some words and then the band let us know their skills with a metal-like style but with a great addition of a saxophone. The bass sound is wonderful, along with the prominent guitar; a minute later vocals appear with a soft and mellow style, putting cadence and power at the same time to the music. The song flows mostly with a fast rhythm, but it has also some slower ones that perfectly complement it. A very nice introduction!

"Abbandonship!" has since the first seconds a sound much closer to the alternative rock rather than the progressive rock one at least in the first minutes. The melody is catchy and the voice here would suit for an emo or hardcore band, I am sorry if I am being harsh here. The best element of this track is the addition of sax, the nice guitar figures and the violin implemented in the last seconds. "Leave your Light on" is a much more interesting track, with some jazzy hints in the first moments, a very good guitar and some great winds and strings. Later it has some changes, in moments it is heavier and in others is more delicate, so it is a nice experimental track, with excellent two final minutes.

"Make Like Tree (Get Out)" has an attractive sound due to the guitar figures and the pretty cool bass lines, then the music flows and progresses becoming emotional and more intense; the guitarist has skills and he take advantage of them, that can be appreciated in the music. What I liked of the band since the first track was that implementation of a saxophone and a trumpet, because though they are not the main instruments, they produce rich textures and nuances that can be better appreciated with good headphones.

"Gemini" is the last, the longest, and probably the most ambitious song of this album. I love that great combination of the basic instruments with the winds and strings such as trumpet or viola, so jazz meets classical music meets progressive rock. The sound is really fresh here, challenging and provoking, one can easily be trapped under its charm. What I would ask them is to make more tracks like these, because this was the main guilty of my positive reaction regarding this EP, and after listening to this particular song, I wanted more. A great way to finish this record!

Overall I believe it is a very good EP, with more pros than cons, with a promising future and with things to improve, however, I would recommend it for people who want a new face of fresh and modern progressive rock. My final grade will be 3 stars, almost 4.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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