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Koplant No: Elker

Read "Elker" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This midwestern band cross-pollinates jazz with elements of German krautrock, pulsating funk and streaming ambient synth effects. Hence, the musicians bill themselves as a cinematic electro-jazz entity. The quartet's third album features synth strings, cyclical beats, and the creative fusion of saxophonist Joel Vanderheyden and trumpeter Brian Lewis Smith's spry horns charts and gritty soloing spots. ...

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Koplant No: Koplant No

Read "Koplant No" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Produced in Iowa City, IA., Koplant No may allude to a research project, concentrated in the observation of alien life within a sector on a distant planet. Engineered with depth, space and mood-eliciting soundscapes, the quartet generates an oscillating jazz-fusion electronica schema, treated with melodic choruses, drifting motifs and beguiling storylines. Nothing is sugar-coated from a ...