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The Ebb & Flow – Not for those with ADD

Posted by May 27th, 2005 No Comments »

Toothed whales echolocate by listening for sounds echoed off an object, like sonar.The Ebb & Flow
Time to Echolocate
By Flash Knight

What happens when you take the recording ethic of Sir George Martin, the groove of The Guess Who, and the heart of Neil Young and cram it all into a magic studio for 24 hours with a band? Well, it depends on the band. For most bands, Marty’s DeLorean would come in handy. However, if you invite San Francisco’s The Ebb and Flow, then it is likely that you’ll be reading a review about the results, well, right now, at this moment.

Filled to the brim with a wash of rad 70s drums, warm guitar tones, wonderfully written vocal melodies and sic moogs, their full-length debut, Time To Echolocate, makes you wonder why in the hell it took so long for this band to release their album? Okay, 24 hours? We’ll cut them some slack.

Proponents of the "three minute song," are mocked by the 10 minute opener, "Sonorous," an epic smorgasbord of musical treats that are as varied as they are risky. Aside from putting a stake in the heart of Clear Channel radio


Toothed whales echolocate by listening for sounds echoed off an object, like sonar.The Ebb & Flow
Time to Echolocate
By Flash Knight

What happens when you take the recording ethic of Sir George Martin, the groove of The Guess Who, and the heart of Neil Young and cram it all into a magic studio for 24 hours with a band? Well, it depends on the band. For most bands, Marty’s DeLorean would come in handy. However, if you invite San Francisco’s The Ebb and Flow, then it is likely that you’ll be reading a review about the results, well, right now, at this moment.

Filled to the brim with a wash of rad 70s drums, warm guitar tones, wonderfully written vocal melodies and sic moogs, their full-length debut, Time To Echolocate, makes you wonder why in the hell it took so long for this band to release their album? Okay, 24 hours? We’ll cut them some slack.

Proponents of the "three minute song," are mocked by the 10 minute opener, "Sonorous,", an epic smorgasbord of musical treats that are as varied as they are risky. Aside from putting a stake in the heart of the Clear Channel radio philosophy, the 22 minute "Sweet Southern Harmony" is as sweet as it gets, with a tasty treat for gear heads as Bob Moog "guests" on vocals. Other highlights include "Body and Soul," the song that at 4:28 takes an aural snap shot of the serene via guitar.

Succinct and snappy, this album is not. That said, this disc isn’t for everyone and buyers with a short attention span might become irritable.

Sara Cassetti, Sam Tsitrin, and Roshy Kheshti have two things in common. 1. What they did in 24 hours, most bands can’t accomplish in a lifetime. 2. They did it without the help of a time machine, damn it. – (7/10)


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