Instrumental bands are always a really cool novelty, but in the end if they don't perform in the vein of a Godspeed You! Black Emperor or early Explosions in the Sky, they rarely can keep my attention for very long. Enter Empty Space Orchestra, one of those crazy bands from the northwest that play a super eclectic blend of progressive, jazz and post-rock. They jump from so many different genres, styles, and rhythms that is could be overbearing, but the musicianship is so tight and the songwriting so fluid, its enters the realm of sublime often. Hopefully, this is a band that breaks through this year.
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