Galaxies – Why? (In Three Movements)

Posted: March 24, 2010 by Is This Revolutionary? in General Discussion, Reviews
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In music today, everyone is obsessed with genres. If a band doesn’t fit within the constraints of a predetermined classification, new subgenres are created to appease those that want to feel as if they’re on the cutting edge. Very rarely does a group come along that challenges the need for such categorization. Galaxies is a prime example of this phenomenon. With their first release, (Why) In Three Movements, this Philadelphia-based musical collective has created a piano-driven adventure that incorporates elements of musical theater and electronic programming.

Unlike the light messages that carry most musicals nowadays, the piece is about one’s frustration with feeling suffocated by religion and the eventual turn to atheism. Lead vocalist and pianist, Corey Regensburg, leads the listener through a broad spectrum of emotions, with every twist and turn bringing the unexpected. Kyle Stetz contributes a variety of intelligent (and often haunting) electronics while featured percussionist, Kat Casale, propels the piece’s climax with tasteful drumming. Clocking in at just over ten minutes, (Why) In Three Movements is an epic journey to remember.

Influenced by the likes of Radiohead, Shearwater, and M83, Galaxies are particularly successful at creating tension within their music, as well as knowing when to let their soundscapes breathe. The beautiful harmonies and foreboding transitions will undoubtedly connect with anyone familiar with life’s ups and downs. Although broken up into three sections, this release functions as a single piece of art that should be experienced as a whole. Give a thoughtful listen to the absolutely brilliant composition and you will certainly be captivated.

Please check out Galaxies at their official website here: http://www.galaxiesmusic.com where you can download this brilliant EP for free. Stay tuned for more music and shows from this innovative group… I personally cannot wait to see where they go next.

J.

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