Ambitious music straight out of Chicago from this four piece who have been carefully honing their craft while other people have been checking their phone. They play a complicated proggy pop/ psych with nods to Oneida, Tortoise, early Dirty Projectors and deep from within it the fluttery sound of a flute so...Jethro Tull.
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Crown Larks flit around the edges of krautrock and Chicago influenced math rock with complicated patterns of sound that suggest the band aren't happy to stick to one sound and indeed one time signature. Their jazzy and sprawling arrangements suggest a restless spirit that seems to blend elements of Tortoise, Oneida and early Dirty Projectors. On 'Circus Luvv' they marry Soft Machine-like prog with mathy precision and bursts of noise whilst 'React' showcases a more vital, angular side to the band - it's polyrhythms bursting forth and creating angular taut rock that owes something to the avant scree of the Pop Group.
Indeed the band are unafraid to utilise free jazz and improvisation in their pieces. If Robin were here he could tell you exactly why this were important. Me, I'm enjoying the rhythmic pulse of tracks like 'Swoon' and am less enamoured with squeaking sax. It's a mixed bag of styles that show innovation but to me they need to tighten the sprawl to come up with something truly effective as I'm no fan of soloing on any instrument but when that instrument is the flute warning bells are clanging all over the place.
An interesting coagulation of psych and jazz mixed up with wild rhythms and inventive art rock.
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