Zechs Marquise
Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare


3.0
good

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
August 31st, 2009 | 28 replies | 10,801 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Earth to the Rodriguez-Lopez family: you're 35 years too late.

It's a commonplace occurrence these days: guy finds guitar, guy discovers 70s prog, guy imitates said prog. More and more frequently, this process flow delineates the creative process of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, friends, family, and affiliates; if Cryptomnesia, Octahedron, and other recent pursuits weren't enough, here comes the extended jam interpretation a-la Zechs Marquise's Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare. With an all-too-familiar formula mixing equal parts funk, fuzzed out rock, and just enough atmospheric experimentation, one would be hard pressed to find a more faithful era-specific recreation. Blistering instrumental work keeps the group out of the realm of mediocrity; this is definitely a piece made by musicians, for musicians. A certain haphazard flair presents guitar-work analogous to a certain Rodriguez-Lopez brood compatriot - and while obviously not as much of a technician, there is just enough variety to maintain some kind of individual identity. However, the cardinal difference between Zechs Marquise and Omar's solo work lies within the carefully orchestrated ambient passages; they lack the random noodling of Cryptomnesia, the oft-overbearing noisy textures of A Manual Dexterity, and are even reminiscent of Mars Volta atmospherics on a good day. The whirling synths and feedback amalgamate into a kind of darkness that works as an acceptable juxtaposition with the more traditional rock sections.

While derivative to an extent, the Zechs Marquise sub-collective is successful in their aim of contrasting sounds. With more focus, this could be the side-project Mars Volta fans have been expecting - of which Omar has yet to deliver.



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Demonicgman
August 31st 2009



417 Comments


little short compared to your other reviews.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 31st 2009



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

not much else to say. quick 30 minute writeup.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2009



15730 Comments


little short compared to your other reviews.


not really

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

Tits McGee
August 31st 2009



1876 Comments


gundam wing reference

Prophet178
August 31st 2009



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is crazy weird, in a not good way.

MassiveAttack
September 1st 2009



2688 Comments


haha Sobhi always gets that "too short" comments, love it.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
September 1st 2009



2887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's alright.... but they're first album is better, and they're new stuff that they played on tour was amazing. Chase Scene is pretty cool

oathfbass
September 2nd 2009



388 Comments


What does the hook have to do with the rest of the review?

kingsoby1
Emeritus
September 2nd 2009



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I don't typically include hooks in my reviews as this is not a hip-hop composition.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 2nd 2009



10592 Comments


will be checking out

fireaboveicebelow
September 3rd 2009



6837 Comments


this looks like a useless output

Unskathed123
September 3rd 2009



368 Comments


Gundam Wing!!! Yes!!!

willfellmarsy
September 8th 2009



3849 Comments


Staff Reviewer...

kingsoby1
Emeritus
September 8th 2009



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

rugrats...

Roach
September 8th 2009



2149 Comments


...

MaskAtTheMasquerade
September 9th 2009



2887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this came out in 2008.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
September 9th 2009



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

that might be unofficial... they're touring now in support of this record, claiming said date is the release date.

Prophet178
September 9th 2009



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It got rereleased on that date I think.

slapzstick
September 17th 2009



20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great album. More so when stoned.

Enotron
December 17th 2009



7695 Comments


nice rant.

Were you channeling Cedric with your vocabulary displayed on this review?



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