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Starring- "The Best"

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Did you dig on that Guardian Alien snippet yesterday? I hope so, cuz if you did, then this new Starring track should fit into your musical diet pretty easily.

Starring is an experimental rock band that fearlessly pairs elements of psychedelia, jazz fusion, and prog together into a surprisingly well-executed and energetic performance on the song "the Best." The only thing that struck me as considerably "indie" or "modern" were the light, lethargic vocals that call out sleepily over all this chaotic instrumentation. There are some intense and noisy solos jumping in to say their piece throughout this track, too. Listen beyond the foundation of drums and bass to catch a sharp flute freakout, jittery organ solo, and a really climactic string buildup.

Starring's latest album is titled ABCDEFG-HIJKLMNOP-QURSTUV-WXYZ. No lie. It's out now on Northern Spy Records.

Trioscapes- "Wazzlejazzlebof"

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Trioscapes is a heavy, new jazz fusion projected featuring Between the Buried and Me bassist Dan Briggs. It's a surprising release for Metal Blade Recs, and I question whether or not it would have been released if it weren't for the BTBAM connection. However, that's not to say the music isn't good.

Briggs and co. have some incredible chemistry on the seven-minute "Wazzlejazzlebof," playing together with a level of tightness few band's achieve. The trio progresses through moments that feel akin to jazz, metal, and Mahavishnu Orchestra-influenced jazz rock. However, the music doesn't feel gimmicky as Trioscapes changes chameleon colors to another genre.

Look for this album on May 8th.