BIOTA: Invisible Map
Basically, BIOTA’s modus operandi features homogenous abstract/folksy musings surrounded by traces of Middle Eastern motifs, Indian ragas, surreal or perhaps roguish pop-rock melodies and wistful harmonies. On the piece titled “Mineral”, the band executes slightly contorted proclamations in concurrence with a seamless blend of North African themes and ethereal interludes that might elicit notions of time travel or a lucid dream. At times, you will hear lap steel guitarist Mark Piersel plucking away with countrified charm atop accordionist Gordon Whitlow’s Parisian accents and Randy Yeates performances on something called a Biomellodrone keyboard. Hence, Invisible Map indicates another milestone for a band who inhabit a very special musical world. One that should be investigated by more than a select few. Highly recommended!!
Track Listing: Moment, The Rapid Color, Port, Call, Landless, Air on Water, Mineral, Common Broom, Birhtday, Dustman, Sleeping Car, Snake Out, Occurrence, Top Ray Done, Glass Lizard, Telegraph Plant, Spoonbender
Personnel: Genevieve Heistek; lead vocals, violin: Steve Scholbe; slide guitars: Tom Katsimpalis; guitars, Clavioline, balalaika: Gordon Whitlow; accordion, pump organ: William Sharp; electronics, hurdy gurdy: Larry Wilson drums: James Gardner; Rhodes, noe, trumpet: C.W. Vrtacek; piano: Randy Yeates; Biomellodrone keyboard: Mark Piersel; acoustic & lap steel guitars: Andy Kredt; electric guitars: Visuals by
Record Label: ReR Megacorp
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock