Sydney’s new mathcore band, Instrumental (adj.), just put out the first eponymous single off of their debut EP, A Series of Disagreements. This sounds very promising indeed, opening with 15/16 however in its most basic subdivisions: 4-4-4-3 Edit: 19/16 in 5-5-5-4 subdivisions is more like it. Things get quickly out of hand, with the inclusion of extra bars, and the development of the theme and its transformation over other time signatures as well. The song is well constructed and has great cohesion despite its eclectic nature, and that is thanks to the recurring chord progression and theme in various forms.
But what more can we learn from the band’s bandcamp description?
Jazz-influenced polyrhythmic prog insanity from a Sydney trio featuring members of Plini, Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt, The Helix Nebula, SEIMS and Violence In Action.
For fans of King Crimson, 12 tone rows, polyrhythms, and silly time signatures.
They have a lot to live up to, now! If their first single is any indication, this EP might be one of the finest to come out this year. I’ll be keeping an eye on you, guys!