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The Mobius Band
Prescription Rails Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
The Mobius Band's Two represents one fine example of genre crossbreeding where electronic and pop music work together without getting their tires stuck in the mud.

Spanning just under a half hour, the music making this five song EP is littered with interesting audio mindfucks (sampling, spliced drums, and volume fluctuations to name a few), melodic touches of keyboard, and seamless live drumming.

But where does anyone begin when it's time to pigeonhole a group like The Mobius Band? Or better yet, can you? For starters, they have the traditional lineup of a rock band. But perhaps in this case, imagine that they are a three member group of Warp Records enthusiasts, aspiring Kraut rockers, and jazz buffs all mangled and reorganized in a musical seven layer burrito. Ben Sterling sings, plays guitar, keyboard, and manipulates sounds and samples; Peter Sax also sings and operates the bass and keys; Noam Schatz handles the electronic beats as well as the "real" drum set.

In the spring of '99, they released their first four song EP entitled "Letter From" that introduced a sort of half actualized version of their more recent sound, with a more stripped down, minimalist approach to arrangement.

One, a six song release (technically their second), came out in the spring of 2001 and heralded a high brow sense of composition and electronic manipulation similar to Two, with its shy undertones of pastoral pop amidst cut apart drumming, trippy delays, and hip hop.

The Mobius Band forms the perfect bridge for the indie rocker who just can't come to grips with the fickle moods of Aphex Twin or the mellow repetition of Boards of Canada, Arovane etc., but who still enjoys the "idea" of electronic music. Go to their webpage, download "Epitaph," and find out for yourself. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Reviewed by Trevor Naud
Trevor Naud is a former staff writer for LAS and a former sex symbol and guitarist of the band Red Shirt Brigade. He currently plays music with South South Million and PAS/CAL.

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