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If you’re wondering how a polished jazz pop ensemble like Brasstronaut got signed to Unfamiliar Records, the same label that released rock fuzz duo JapandroidsPost-Nothing last year, the answer is simple: frontman Edo Van Breemen co-owns the label.

Clearly he’s got good taste in signings, so it’s not too much of a surprise that Van Breeman’s own band delivers the goods. The recently-released Mount Chimaera features eight solid piano pop tunes bolstered by jazzy horns and occasional rambling instrumental passages.

Opener “Slow Knots” is perhaps the least jazz-influenced of the lot, based primarily around chiming guitar arpeggios and moody keyboard flourishes. It’s a slow burner, starting as a hushed ballad before swelling to a mid-tempo rocker and ultimately morphing into a stark tribal jam with echoed shouts and mournful horns. It isn’t the kind of single that beats you over the head with its hooks, but give it time—it gets under your skin with repeat listens.

MP3: “Snow Knots”
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  1. Posted May 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    this grows on you in a major way. thanks for posting

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