New York-based Talibam! returns to ESP-Disk' with an interesting take on environmental matters by declaring, "It is the soundtrack to 2048's despotic nationalism and crumbling international infrastructure, underscoring an eco-mercantilistic tragedy and the desperate plundering of the last pristine landscape on Earth. This inevitable destruction of Antarctica's purity marks the global-environmental endgame of the Anthropocene." On that note, the musicians seem to be concerned about the global exploitation of natural resources, and while I'm not privy to what's going on in Antarctica, other than science camps and oil-drilling initiatives, these dynamics certainly warrant serious consideration.
Keyboardist Matthew Mottel and drummer Kevin Shea (Mostly Other People Do The Killing) launch a rapidly moving synth fest, loaded with subplots, quirky sound-sculpting maneuvers, interstellar voicings, odd-metered cadences and layered electronics. The duo intersperses humor, and occasionally mimics house music, along with zesty synth-framed rockers and alternating cadences amid a search and conquer-like game plan. They sustain additional interest via a multitude of largely melodic mini-themes.
On "Obsequious Resources Duly Exploited De Novo," the musicians infuse an electronic tribal dance, shaded with Mottel's circus vibe, segueing into the following piece, Breach of Ecology on the Seabed (Biodiversity in Shambles)" which is sketched on foreboding scenarios and corpulent bass lines. The excitement continues during "RISE OF THE DEFENDERS OF ANTARCTICA," steeped within a loose-groove funk vamp, an ethereal melody and a surfeit of melodic twists.
Again, the album progresses rather expeditiously, so a few upfront previews may be in order before kicking into tenth gear for the holistic listening experience, as the duo invites you into their rather prismatic plight, instilled with odd-metered blowouts, and more. In a way, the band morphs the history of space rock into a mind-blowing psychodrama that reveals previously undetected surprises on additional spins.
Antarctica shall be used for peaceful purposes only (Article 1); Human Interference and the Failure to Ratify; Reign of Primordial Tenure on the Ice Shelf; The Telegenic Annexation of Territorial Expanse in the West; Obsequious Resources Duly Exploited De Novo; Breach of Ecology on the Seabed (Biodiversity in Shambles); Cost-Effective Drilling Enabled by Pioneering Technologies and Warmer Climates in the Southern Ocean; RISE OF THE DEFENDERS OF ANTARCTICA
Matthew Mottel: Mini Moog, Midi Synths, Yamaha CS1x, Roland Juno 1, Roland Lucina, Arp Solus; Kevin Shea: drums, MIDI Marimba Lumina.