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Anatomy of Habit: Ciphers + Axioms

This album begins with several minutes of words and music performed in a very deliberate, almost robotic, manner. The beat is simple and the effect trance-like, almost as if the music were setting up a means of intense meditation. As things develop, the music increasingly takes on the feel of performance art. That is, the music here is not simply the creative result of a band making music together, but an attempt to reveal the highly performative nature of creation itself. I like such experimentation as a rule, but I confess that I found it all a bit off-putting, especially at first. From time to time, I was even reminded of that episode of Friends in which Ross performed his own bizarre creations on a rather small keyboard. Obviously, the music here is not the stuff of sitcoms, but music like this is not without a certain amount of humor, intentional or not. As I listened to the album more and more deeply, though, I discovered the layers, the components that can make music like this fascinating and rich. I think fans of post-metal and noise music will admire much of what the guys in Anatomy of Habit are doing. There are also some effective uses of drone / ambient elements.

Track Listing:
1. Radiate and Recede
2. Then Window

Added: December 19th 2014
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
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Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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