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Palace of Mirrors
     

Palace of Mirrors

by Estradasphere
 
While most progressive minded bands (for lack of a better term) pride themselves in mixing and matching unrelated musical genres together, Santa Cruz's Estradasphere take it a step further by inventing and then naming entirely new hybrid styles! Among the crossbreeds slated for inclusion in 2006's Palace of Mirrors: "Romanian

Overview

While most progressive minded bands (for lack of a better term) pride themselves in mixing and matching unrelated musical genres together, Santa Cruz's Estradasphere take it a step further by inventing and then naming entirely new hybrid styles! Among the crossbreeds slated for inclusion in 2006's Palace of Mirrors: "Romanian Gypsy Death Metal," "Spaghetti Eastern," "Bulgarian Surf," and damn it if these outrageous cocktails aren't masterfully realized in the likes of "Smuggled Mutation," "Six Hands," and "The Terrible Beautypower of Meow," respectively. Also to be found on this wild ride of an album are the industrial noises of "The Unfolding Pause on the Threshold," the beautifully arranged soft jazz of "The Debutante," the far-Eastern-funk-video-game-jingles of "Those Who Know," and symphonic orchestrations both lush, stately and relaxed (see the title track), and swinging, strutting, pouncing and lounging like a Monty Norman Orchestra James Bond theme (see "Colossal Risk"). Elsewhere still, the nightmarish "Flower Garden of an Evil Man" comes off all growling bass and ominous tones, while "Palace of Mirrors Reprise" wafts from polka, to circus music, to music box lullabies, to haunted castle organ music, and, finally, "Corporate Merger" trades in keening Arabic violins for metallic blastbeats and heavy electric guitars during a cathartic finale that's pure post-Mahavishnu (mountain-toppling closer "The Return" is even more intense in that last regard). Oh yeah, and all this without a word -- Estradasphere have gone instrumental on the whole of Palace of Mirrors, which winds up shining an even brighter spotlight on their impeccable and astounding musicianship.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2006
Label:
The End Records
UPC:
0654436007722
catalogNumber:
77
Rank:
156450

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Performance Credits

Estradasphere   Primary Artist
Shelley Phillips   English Horn
Dana Robbins   Double Bass
William Winant   Glockenspiel,Timpani
Chip   Choir, Chorus
Renata Bratt   Cello,String Quartet
Scott Harris   Bass Trombone,Brass
Aaron Seeman   Accordion
Chris Parsons   Talking
Adam   Choir, Chorus
Jason Schimmel   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Lap Steel Guitar,Fuzz Bass
Tim Smolens   Harmonica,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Double Bass
Aria Disalvio   Cello,String Quartet
Fabrice Martinez   Violin,Soloist
Jennifer Cass   Harp
Ben Blechman   Violin,String Quartet
Sarah Hart   Violin,String Quartet
Elena Doroftei   Viola,String Quartet
Robin Anderson   Trumpet,Brass

Technical Credits

Mark Thornton   Web Design
Traditional   Composer
Chris Parsons   Engineer,Drum Engineering
Fabrice Martinez   Arranger
Mike Bennewitz   Graphic Design,Collage,Cover Art
Kevin Kmetz   Composer

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