On Metacritic , which assigns a weighted average score out of to reviews and ratings from mainstream critics, the album received a metascore of 72, based on six reviews. He compared the guitar sounds on the album to those of Hella 's Spencer Seim's work with added "strange slides and electronic, microtonal blurs". Greer appreciated the more pop-driven songs to more experimental ones and called parts of the album "nearly unlistenable".
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Zach Hill. Experimental rock math rock noise rock progressive rock electronic jazz. Steve Borth - saxophone Les Claypool - bass Josh Hill - guitar Zach Hill - art direction , bass, cornet , electric piano , gong , guitar, drums , effects , keyboards , loops , mamola , melodica , piano , production , programming , synthesizer , trumpet , vocals Jonathan Hischke - bass, synth bass Dan Elkan - backup vocals , guitar Carson McWhirter - bass, recording Robby Moncrief - guitar Chino Moreno - vocals Zac Nelson - vocals Tyler Pope - effects, programming Randy Randall - guitar Katelyn Reeves - cornet, flute , photography Dean Spuntz - baritone guitar RT Thomas - guitar sample John Reed Thompson - bass, bugle , engineering, guitar, mixing , production, recording, trumpet Marco Benevento - piano Necromancer .
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Hidden categories: Articles with short description Articles with hAudio microformats. All this sonic hyperactivity can be exhausting, and Hill's fondness for effects, especially in his Vocoder-ish vocals, makes some tracks robotic, more like exercises than songs.
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Take "Uhuru", a spastic drum workout that's almost all muscle. If Guitar Center had a weight room, "Uhuru" could be its muzak. But for every "Uhuru", there are tracks filled with angled melody and odd sonic invention, creating more than the sum of their multiple drum parts.
The best example is the three-song stretch that precedes "Uhuru". The next two songs, "Ummer" and "Stoic Logic", feature Dean Spunt and Randy Randall of No Age, and they're the album's most melodic, with simpler rhythms and sparkling guitar. As Hill chants imperatives-- "cut lines in your palms with the night like you own it"-- dreams of an expanded No Age with Spunt on guitar and Hill on drums are irresistible.
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The rest of Astrological Straits probably won't inspire dreams, but its pummeling energy might at least get you seeing stars. And his final gambit, a bonus one-track disc, is a total winner. After a spoken intro by Marnie Stern, "Necromancer" delivers 30 minutes of high-level free-jazz in duo with Brooklyn pianist Marco Benevento.