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Galapagos Momentum

by Upsilon Acrux

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Christopher Moklebust
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Christopher Moklebust Upsilon Acrux - quite the name and quite a force to be reckoned with. Acrux composes with a modern musical polyphony of sound. Rarely is there ever one singular theme comprising the moment, but a series of juxtapositions that act both in unison and yet entirely against it. Bravo Upsilon! Bravo! Favorite track: Boa vs. Crab.
Derek Doss
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Derek Doss Recorded by [I think] the Pellicci Brothers (of Dilute) this album captures much of what is great about Late 20th / Early 21st Century prog/math/whatever instrumental music, where feeling meets technique and is free to discover values and inner experiences beyond the narrative strictures of words.
"Hiking Up Feel Good Mountain (Further Than Ever Before)" is one of those amazing tracks that is worth the price of the whole album.
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Petrovich 03:01
Boa vs. Crab 02:54
Cherry Pie 01:58


Upsilon Acrux have been in existence for two decades in various formations, from a duo to an octet. Their Galapagos Momentum lineup of dual guitars, bass and drums is a polyrhythmic squirly monster. This is Upsilon Acrux's fifth album of aggressive, intricate, athletic, complex and composed post-punk instrumental rock. Galapagos Momentum fuses the animalist attack of punk rock with a daring complexity and unusual instrumental techniques and sonorities. The music that results is very powerful but upon further listening, you'll realize that it features strangely beautiful melodies that unfurl like some anaerobic Martian flower. These guys will turn your brain to paste and you will be happy that they did!

"Technically brilliant, rhythmically unbelievable, with just the right amount of melody...for fans of avant rock and insane jazz rock."

"...a refreshing ability to reference artists from Robert Fripp to John Coltrane with crushing irreverence. Maybe the last of the cool guitar bands."
– Exclaim!

"...inspiring and exhilarating..."
– splended e-zine

"...a feast of heavy, odd-time riffing"
– Washington City Paper

"...a stunning example of both virtuosity and clever composition...amazing, and amazingly consistent...."
– All Music Guide

"Seldom is music so challenging also so easy to listen to."
– Prefix

"...there’s something revitalizing about hearing a band like Upsilon Acrux hitting their stride...."
– Dusted

"Mixing instrumental complexity within highly structured mini epics...these guys sweat and spray us with the results."
– Modern Drummer

“Upsilon Acrux is Amazzzzzzzzing”
- Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth

“Upsilon Acrux makes some of the most detailed compositions I have ever heard”
– Nels Cline


released May 22, 2007

See the live performance video that got them signed!


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