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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - In Glorious Times
Now what the hell does one expect when reading this name? Something weird I’d say, and I quickly found out I was absolutely right about that. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum is for avant-garde lovers, people into acts like Frank Zappa, Mr. Bungle, Primus and such. I’m gonna have a tough one describing this one, that’s for sure.
 
For starters, I have never heard anything like SGM. Never ever. And that is quite an accomplishment considering my musical preferences lately. Things that indeed come close are acts like Frank Zappa, Mr. Bungle, Peeping Tom, Björk, Tomahawk and more progressive and experimental artists. It is already SGM’s third release if I’m not mistaken, and I must get my hands on the other two albums asap after hearing this one. I honestly cannot describe the music on this disc, but I’ll give it a try.
 
Most importantly the band has a certain atmosphere that lingers throughout all the tracks. It’s a bit eerie, a bit spacey and futuristic, but also a bit vintage every now and then. In Glorious Times kicks in with a ten minute track that seems to be gone way quicker, even though it’s pretty calm with some bombastic pieces here and there. For the rest of the songs there is a lot of this experimental calmness, but the band doesn’t stop itself from using styles like rock, metal and funk for instance. The problem is that the way they combine everything, it forms a completely new style in my opinion. Add the fact that all members add vocals and one of them is a woman you can expect an organized cacophony of rhythms and melodies, pounding your brain until it understands Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.
 
Well I guess the people that are into non-commercial, avant-garde, difficultly accessible, experimental acts really have to give this band a try. I honestly can’t wait until the band goes on tour around here, must be an awesome sight to see.
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - In Glorious Times
95/1001Details The End Records
Released on Tuesday May 29th, 2007
Avant-Garde Rock

Writer @DemonDust on Friday Jul 6th, 2007

Tags: #Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Tracklisting 1. The Companions
2. Helpless Corpses Enactment
3. Puppet Show
4. Formicary
5. Angle of Repose
6. The Ossuary
7. Salt Crown
8. The Only Dance
9. The Greenless Wreath
10. The Widening Eye
11. The Putrid Refrain
Line up Carla Kihlstedt - violin, percussion, guitar, voice
Dan Rathbun - bass, slide-piano log, pedal-action wiggler, cockroach, voice
Nils Frykdahl - guitar, voice
Matthias Bossi - drums, mallet percussion, oration, voice
Michael Mellender - all things, voice