I, Octopus and Metronome the City, two experimental rock bands from New Orleans, have literally 'split' this new CD, each band featured on one 20+ minute track that fuses prog rock, jam, and lots of psychedelia. First up here are I, Octopus, whose rambling 25-minute affair "Craig Has a Beard Now" is a supercharged instrumental track with plenty of lengthy guitar and keyboard explorations, somewhat reminiscent of early Pink Floyd, as well as bands like Tortoise, Porcupine Tree, Ozric Tentacles, and Mogwai. Comprised of Blake Lewis (guitars, keyboards), Michael Lentz (guitars, keyboards, theremin) and J. Steigner (drums), this trio creates wild soundscapes and interstellar explorations on this tune, sure to please fans of space rock and the late 60's/early 70's psychedelic movement. Over on the flip side, Metronome the City offer up dark, ominous sounds on their little medley, less jammy than what their cohorts have put together, more like a cascade of creepy sounds and apocalyptic post rock noodling, complete with plenty of effects laden guitar work, rumbling bass grooves, and creative rhythms. At some point, late in the piece, the bands also conjures up images of Umma Gumma era Pink Floyd, but overall this falls in line with what their New Orleans partners also put together, some serious head music for all the bong lovers out there.
1) Craig Has A Beard Now (I, Octopus) 25:04
2) Medley of Improvisations (Metronome the City) 22:08