The Iridium Controversy

by Birdsongs of the Mesozoic

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Sven B. Schreiber To me, this is clearly the best band of its kind - whatever its kind is supposed to be... ;) Well, I think it's characterized best by chamber avantgarde with a pinch of zeuhl. Unfortunately, this is (probably) the band's last album. Fortunately, it's also their best, in my opinion. Favorite track: Make the Camera Dance.
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This Way Out 04:21
Race Point 03:56
Çentrifuge 04:08


Dubbed “the world’s hardest rocking chamber quartet” by the New York Times, Boston’s Birdsongs of the Mesozoic creates innovative instrumental music that fuses rock, classical, minimalism, punk, garage/pop, and jazz. Two keyboardists (one on grand piano and one on synthesizer), guitar, saxophone and electronic/computer percussion produce a unique sound that fuses the youthful energy and anarchism of rock with the structure (and process) of classical music. The result is simultaneously abstract and accessible, music without vocals with broad popular appeal. Called everything from ‘avant-progressive’ [Progression] to ‘heavy metal Baroque’ [Honolulu Weekly] to ‘avant-garage’ [B Side], Birdsongs’ hybrid sound may well be classical music’s new alternative, a ‘genetically modified’ hybrid that will breathe life and vigor into a musical genre that has grown rarified with age, increasingly irrelevant to modern audiences. The Iridium Controversy is a sophisticated work, a soundtrack to a primordial epic that harkens to the future as well as the past.

The cover art for The Iridium Controversy is by British artist and designer Roger Dean, world renown for his album covers for Yes, Asia and other rockers.



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