GENRE | WHO EVEN KNOWS ANYMORE
VERDICT | CHILL PILLS, TAKEN
LABEL | SARGENT HOUSE
RELEASE | 6.25.13
Supergroups don’t always work out. In the best case, the finished product sounds like a slightly watered-down version of the most famous member’s primary work. Bosnian Rainbows, culled from the leftovers of The Mars Volta and Le Butcherettes, doesn’t necessarily fall into that trap. In fact, most of this material is a step up from the chafing avant-nonsense that The Mars Volta turned out for over a decade.
A step in the direction of normalcy wasn’t a bad move for these brainy prog-rockers.
Throwing well-named vocalist Teri Gender Bender into the mix breathed life into much of the tracks, with the woman intoning like a sexed-up Karin Dreijer Andersson. Creepy groover “Morning Sickness” approaches noir-ish levels of atmospheric dourness. It’s an eminently listenable album—a quality that frustratingly evaded the work from all the members’ main projects.
But it’s also a double-edged sword. This collection of musicians built their reputations on aggressively post-everything noise. Black Dice fans consider Volta’s earlier stuff pretty difficult.
Though this new sound may move the whole closer to the middle, it’s definitely going to lose its hold on the fringes.