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Tamandua: Eternal Anteater Of The Universe

Named for a a genus of anteaters, Tamandua is an all-instrumental avant garde progressive/jazz trio from Boston whose music will confuse anyone looking for a regular "prog" album - and challenge and intrigue the discerning jazz or avant garde listener.

Basically a drums / sax / guitar lineup, Anteater's music ranges from perfect synch to perfect chaos, and from tight compositions in some sections to improvised jamming in others. There are long solos, and the compositions tend toward minimalism - with texture, counterpoint and open space being just as important as melody and the layered compositions that traditionally characterize progressive music.

The intellectual compositions of Rick Landwehr (drums) and Joe Conley (guitars) are edgy and experimental in parts, yet on tracks like "Redux", they're softly melodic. The guitar and sax lines weave intricately through and around each other with a complexity that is elaborate, yet easy to follow. The tunes are angular and complex, and Anteater's carefully composed dissonance, discord and odd time signatures conspire to build a high tension that will hold you in suspense - then drop you in an exhausted heap after the album's forty two minutes.

Even in the quiet sections, the intensity never lets up. A few softer, more melodic moments might provide contrast and give you a chance to catch your breath - but this was never meant to be approachable music.

Call it jazz-rock, call it post-rock, call it post-post ... Eternal Anteater Of The Universe will force you to confront your concept of musical convention, and defy you to understand it. Not for the faint-of-heart.

1 Giraffe Boy
2 The Gypsy Cat from Persia
3 Lizards in the Reeds
4 Temple of Ghosts
5 Redux
6 The Skeleton Boat
7 To the Planet To
8 Wind Evil Remedy

Added: June 15th 2009
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
Related Link: The Band's MySpace Site
Hits: 2771
Language: english

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