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Prescription Rails Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
One has to wonder if The Mobius Band has a case of stage fright. After releasing not one but two EP's last year - coincidentally titled One and Two - the Massachusetts natives are back with yet another EP carrying their tradition banner proudly onward and bearing the moniker Three. Though Led Zeppelin they are not, the real shame here is that the material found on this release is intriguing enough to merit a full-length release.

While combining the standard post-rock guitar/ bass/ drums/ samplers/ synths setup may not be breaking any new ground, The Mobius Band manages to combine all the elements intelligently without letting one overtake the mix. The EP opens with "Frozen Lake in Unison" which features jazzy guitar licks over a steady and insistent backbeat. Synths layer the song in chimes and bleeps while a repeated, sampled vocal uttering the song title is constructed and deconstructed to close out the track. The effect is quite reminiscent of what could have been an outtake from Euphone's back catalogue. "Burnoff" overlaps multiple synths and samples to create a wash of noise grounding the track and leaving room for the interesting rhythmic interplay to be highlighted. "Arrows" begins with what seems like an awkwardly slow dance beat, but it all makes sense once the melancholic acoustic guitars and first truly recognizable vocals make their initial appearance. It's here that the Yo La Tengo influence is also readily apparent; the warm keyboard tones found within "Arrows" and again on "Well-Thumbed Page" could have come straight off of YLT's And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out. The EP reaches its apex with "Snow on Snow", a guitar driven slow-burner that actually rocks out by its ending, leaving "Plastic Pillar" to settle the disc back down to a narcotizing drum and sample driven ending.

EP's that aren't just band rejected tunes or closet cleaning fan appreciation pieces are hard to come by, and seeing as how The Mobius Band has done this three times now, it's hard to imagine someone not rushing this three-piece right on off to a studio to squeeze some fresh full-length juice out of them sometime in the near future.

Reviewed by Mark Skipper
Mark Skipper currently resides in Nashville, TN where he can be found skipping shows, drinking Guinness, making bad home recordings, and complaining about how much music sucks these days.

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