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Jolly: Forty Six Minutes, Twelve Seconds of Music

Recently, veteran labels such as Frontiers and InsideOut began to branch out releasing styles of music beyond those on which they built their reputations. Now add ProgRock Records to that list: With Jolly, the California label whose roster includes Frameshift, Presto Ballet and Sylvan expands its reach even further with atmospheric alternative rock. Taking musical influences from Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Mike Patton, Muse and Tool, this New York City quartet also seemingly took some title inspiration from Yes' 90125 (which was named after the LP's catalog number). That said, Forty Six Minutes, Twelve Seconds of Music boasts enough progressive moments to warrant a spot in the ProgRock lineup, as moody guitars, ambient keys and subdued vocals recall vintage Porcupine Tree and Radiohead. And once the band builds up the momentum as it does by the time the expansive "Red Sky Locomotive" surges ahead with driving guitar and piano riffs, as well as subsequent wall-of-sound tracks such as "Downstream" and "Carousel of Whale" Jolly may leave progressive-music fans feeling pretty good.

46:12 also gives into another prog tendency: It's a concept album (of sorts). Apparently, various forms of brainwave stimulation are embedded throughout the disc. Known as binaural tones, they have been scientifically proven to enrich feelings of happiness or jolliness, if you will focus, creativity and relaxation through inaudible changes in audio frequencies. Doesn't all music, to some degree, have that power? Anyway, don't let trying to figure it all out detract from your enjoyment of these 46 minutes and 12 seconds.

Track Listing:
1) Escape from DS-3
2) Renfaire
3) Peril
4) Red Sky Locomotive
5) We Had An Agreement
6) Downstream
7) Carousel of Whale
8) Solstice
9) Inside the Womb

Added: October 14th 2009
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Jolly Web Site
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Language: english

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Jolly: Forty Six Minutes, Twelve Seconds of Music
Posted by Ryan Sparks, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-10-14 17:35:08
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Jolly are a young up and coming quartet out of New York City. After launching a three song EP in 2008 cleverly entitled The Revolutionary Cult Demo Finally Hits The US, they've followed that up with their first full length disc Forty Six Minutes, Twelve Seconds of Music which has just been released on ProgRock Records.

While it would be easy upon first listen to categorize their music as a mix of alternative and hard rock, based on the straight ahead, aggressive guitar work and beefy sounding, and at times complex drum work, it's obvious as you really dig into the music on this disc that there is something more going slightly beneath the surface. They often break their compositions down via multiple tempo changes and veer off into melodic, almost ambient like passages, which not only gives the music a bit of a progressive feel, it also keeps the listener on their toes at the same time. For example this technique is employed right from the onset on "Escape from DS-3" which begins with some killer opening guitar riffs as the momentum slowly builds until almost the halfway part, when the aggression drops off somewhat, only to rise briefly and then drop again. This song is a great example of how to effectively utilize the tension and release method multiple times within the same composition, but then again the whole album is pretty much perfectly executed in much the same fashion. The songs are aggressive, yet catchy and full of melodic hooks at the same time. I have to say it all comes together seamlessly and certainly make for a pretty compelling listening experience from beginning to end.

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