“And Everything Changes” wasn’t just the title of Elusive Parallelograms debut album -- it was a statement of purpose, and a promise that the band’s eclectic outputs keeps fulfilling.
Their latest divergence, 5-song EP “Spaces,” sounds more psychedelic, and, yes, more spacey than February’s “Habits” EP. It’s also, by design, less grandiose and less sure of itself. A neurotic, worrying guitar line and quiet percussive hiss lead into “Nuclear Man’s” cloudy Brit pop, and the lonely ballad “I’ve Been Written” keeps spreading that uncertainty, that fuzzy sense of identity that preoccupies the disc.
Whirling instrumental “Motion” signals the shift to the EP’s hard rock finale, “Oblivion” and “Snowstorm,” whose driving, trippy, loops of sharp guitars and electronica are what you’d call the Elusive Parallelograms signature sound. Not that they need one. “I don’t know where we’re goin’, and I don’t feel much like knowin’,” the band muses on “Oblivion.” How unsettling not knowing can be … and for a great band, how liberating.
Pick up a copy of “Spaces” at the Elusive Parallelograms’ EP release show, tonight at the Cactus Club, also featuring Worrier, Red Stuff, and Moss Folk. http://cactusclub.dostuff.info/
Or name your price and download “Spaces” right here, right now: http://elusiveparallelograms.bandcamp.com/
Or download the album AND go to the show.
Joey Tayler is the lead writer on Rocksposure.com. Based out of Milwaukee, WI, he is always looking for a new show to see. If there is something you think he should be listening to, send him an email at JoeyT@Rocksposure.com