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Elusive Parallelograms is a quirky band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Modern Splendor is their recently released sophomore album. Spin Magazine has included them in their list of "Top 8 Unsigned Bands," but after listening to Modern Splendor
you might have to ask yourself, why are these guys not signed yet? As I opened up the door to Modern Splendor with "Each Key," I was immediately mesmerized by the combination of guitar play, drums and seductive vocals.
The group, which consists of Jonathan Hense and Andrew Foys both sharing double duty on vocals and guitars, Stefan Dostanic on guitar, Davey Schessow on bass and Eric Reiter on drums, continues the vibe of the opening song with "Burning Water." The title track, backed by an acoustic guitar, sets the pensive mood of a keen youth looking forward in time towards a gloomy future, deciphering life's struggles and asking to "forget the present and hand me a couple hundred more beers."
The ghostly feel at the beginning of â��P90â�� begins with the words, â��daylightâ��s gone,â�� leading into a song in which the guitars make the listener lose themselves. The guitar play is certainly an area where Elusive Parallelograms does not lack in talent. "Odds and Evens" played for a good 54 seconds before I realized I hadn't heard any vocals. The latter half of the album has the group experimenting with different sounds and melodies that are executed relatively well.
Once the album closes on "Oscillator," you might come away thinking that Nirvana and MGMT had a lovechild that grew up and became Elusive Parallelograms. Modern Splendor
is a great album and Elusive Parallelograms will hopefully see much success in the future. And I still have to ask myself, why are these guys not signed yet?
Key Tracks â�� Each Key, Modern Splendor, Oscillator
Enrique Grijalva - MuzikReviews.com Contributor
April 27, 2011
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01. Each Key
02. Burning In Water
03. Modern Splendor
04. Blank Expression
07. Odds & Evens
08. Winter Low
09. No Subject
10. Hind Sight