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The Contortionist

Some bands follow established mores. Othersmayembrace disparate elements, but ultimately fail tobreakthe confines ofaparticularsubgenrecontext. Andthenthere are bands that strip mine their initialreferencepoints andmethodically,organically and bravelycreate amultiverseoftheir own, a space where they arethe onlyplayers.TheContortionist is such a collective,achievinga coveted level of self-realization,creativeexecution andsophisticationwiththeiradventuresome, cosmosevoking progressiverock.Ever the thoughtful organizersandcreators,TheContortionist mappedout the recordfrom aphilosophical stan ...read more

Some bands follow established mores. Othersmayembrace disparate elements, but ultimately fail tobreakthe confines ofaparticularsubgenrecontext. Andthenthere are bands that strip mine their initialreferencepoints andmethodically,organically and bravelycreate amultiverseoftheir own, a space where they arethe onlyplayers.TheContortionist is such a collective,achievinga coveted level of self-realization,creativeexecution andsophisticationwiththeiradventuresome, cosmosevoking progressiverock.Ever the thoughtful organizersandcreators,TheContortionist mappedout the recordfrom aphilosophical standpoint with acompelling theme.Thecore conceptual visionofLanguagerevolvesaroundbalance. Balance betweenclassic songwritingandexhibitionist musicianship;intuitive expressionandsomethingmorecalculated.“Playingwith that idea,throughout all thesongs, there is also a story woven inthat plays ona fewdifferent ideas,”Lessardexplains.“Even beyond theactuallyrics and what they are literallysaying, some of thevocalsounds themselves play apart.”It’s acrudesummary of an ambitious project -onethat has denselayers of sophisticationlisteners candelve into ontheirown, while others may be justashappy to nod theirhead along to theexpansiverhythmsand accessible songmotifs.The men of TheContortionist remain in awe ofprog-titans likeYes, KingCrimson andRush. At thesametime, the music theyarecreating will not only buildbridges between differentgenres and differentscenes;itcan even send youngerfans todigthrough their parents’LP collections look foralbums by old legends.Languageis more than capableoflaunchingTheContortionist to the top oftheprogressive realm andinto the creative stratosphere. « hide

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