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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Eccentric Orbit
- Creation of the Humanoids -

This second Eccentric Orbit release is an addictive, energetic (and often deliciously noisy!) work full of infectious instrumental displays with memorable arrangements, but most of all, there's a great sense of fun as well. "Creation of the Humanoids" makes a very strong case for not only one of the best instrumental albums, but simply one of the best overall progressive releases of 2014. ABB-PA

Essential Tracks: The centrepiece of the album is the almost twenty minute, five part epic title track, with plenty of drama and flair emerging throughout. An approaching army of tension begins the piece, distorted mud-thick bass plodding over imperial synth fanfares and marching drums. Electronics flicker to life leading to zippy keyboard wig-outs, moving through mud-thick spastic bass eruptions, searing jazz/fusion violin runs, and even brief sweeping folk breaks and ambient pauses to catch your breath. So many jagged violent outbursts and even some nice dirty slinking grooves, this exhausting piece shows Eccentric Orbit at their very best. ABB-PA

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New England Events

  • 2015-01-27
    Lotus - The Gilded Age Tour at Higher Ground Ballroom - South Burlington, VT at 09:00 PM
    $22 adv, $25 day of show, $40 two day pass

  • 2015-01-28
    Lotus - The Gilded Age Tour at Higher Ground Ballroom - South Burlington, VT at 09:00 PM
    $22 adv, $25 day of show, $40 two day pass

  • 2015-01-28
    Alan Parsons Live Project at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $80 & $105 (VIP)

  • 2015-01-29
    Lotus - The Gilded Age Tour at Toad's Place - New Haven, CT at 09:00 PM
    $22 adv, $25 day of show

  • 2015-01-30
    Lotus - The Gilded Age Tour at House of Blues - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25- $43.40

  • 2015-02-08
    The Musical Box Performs Foxtrot at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-02-11
    Thank You Scientist as part of "The Noise Presents" at The Paradise - Boston, MA at 06:00PM
    With Special Guests with Periphery, Nothing More, Wovenware

  • 2015-02-13
    Living Colour at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-02-17
    The Pink Floyd Experience - 4 Sides of Floyd Tour at The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $40 - $50

  • 2015-02-18
    Umphrey's McGee at Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-02-19
    The Pink Floyd Experience - 4 Sides of Floyd Tour at Zeiterion Theatre - New Bedford, MA at 08:00 PM
    $32.50 - $45.50

  • 2015-02-21
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center - at 08:00 PM
    $35 & $38

  • 2015-02-24
    Guthrie Govan (Aristocrats, Asia, Steve Wilson) at Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests John Finn Group

  • 2015-03-07
    Mike + The Mechanics - The Hits Tour at The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $55 - $75

  • 2015-03-08
    Mike + The Mechanics - The Hits Tour at Infinity Hall - Hartford, CT at 08:00 PM
    $74 - $94

  • 2015-04-04
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25 & $35


    Featured Show:

    Lotus - The Gilded Age Tour
    1/27 & 28 - Higher Ground, VT
    1/29 - Toad's Place, CT
    1/30 - House of Blues, MA

    When Mark Twain coined the term "The Gilded Age" he was describing the Reconstruction Era's thin veneer that masked substantial social struggle. Nostalgia is like the gilded age of memory. It's easy for the mind to increase the former glory, the perfect sheen, the once timelessness of present-day ruins. On this album we wanted to occupy that powerful place of the human mind, the mental eye that can see erosion and cracks and envision a palace. We focused primarily on simple organic instruments: drum, bass, guitar, piano, percussion, played live in a room. The overall mood is one of reflective happiness, the joy of the impermanent, nostalgia of halcyon days. Remixes from four superb down-tempo electronic producers take the nostalgia into deeper realms. The place where the brain starts reflecting on reflections and mixing together dreams and realities. Welcome to the Gilded Age.

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