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Craang - To The Estimated Size Of The Universe

To The Estimated Size Of The Universe
by Vladimir “Abir” Leonov at 03 February 2015, 12:41 PM

For some, beholding the underground music subsistence despite “woes and foes” throughout the years, can be the sole utmost purpose of a lifetime, when it has to do with the spontaneity to express oneself through an agenda-free music, regardless of any intended destination. Dans ce cadre, “To The Estimated Size Of The Universe” by the Greek CRAANG came across as a satirical theme in my introductory intuition, nonetheless since the very beginning of it I -and for some esoteric reason- had “No Quarter” by LED ZEPPLIN pop into my head, conceivably for the bluesy hints or better the pack of raw effects of “Slow Forward Jam” in an allusion to JIMMY PAGE’s wizardly Theremin experiences. As room gets often created for the bass to lead, although still playing the same root notes, the key idea was the jumble of the volume of each instrument track, in a affinity for more heart-thumping bass notes, while the guitars occupy somehow the periphery with that echoed distant sound reminiscent of older times of rock, along with scales turning more and more arcane as we proceed along the first track till you get caught out with abrupt shifting from a raw slow solo to antagonistic heavily condensed chords. Great track to get wasted on!

The same concept is extended on the second track “Butterfly” whilst drum crashes are more obvious here as a way of differentiation. The full track consists of slender heavy chords with mid to slow tempo, even though slightly more developed by tying transitions. The bass just kept miming mere root guitar notes and drum snares, with the pick head-crashing sound growing inescapable when the guitar volume reaches the near-extinguish that may be had better wielded an alternation between up and down strokes instead. Along with the fourth track, “Butterfly” employs promising vocals melted with barely noticeable keyboard open whole notes heard in the background adding on a more dramatic touch but substantially by the dint of the echoes of the whole alloy of tracks creating that occult-like dimension. Yet, the linear outro was thankfully saved by the progressively tempo dwindle.

Same issue for “Magnolia”:  the selfsame scale and the fastidious chords pattern make you jaded after a while, juggled here and there by transition arpeggio, whereas this track outperforms its precedent when it comes to kicking the rhythm section monotony. When it’s about to become pain in the “ear”, something always comes to sort things out of it, whether a tempo escalate or drum crashes intensified, breaks and stuff, chords to solo and vice-versa …. And the result: a happy less-is-more trio with no bullshit additives.

This preference is further mise au point by the band’s penchant for less numbered and more expanding tracks as in the fifteen-minute track “The Meteorian” in a somewhat typical underground approach as opposed to the 3 minutes point oh commercial format. Maybe by choice, notwithstanding it’s actually a necessity here in order to find a fitting margin to progress after a suitable amount of rounds by altering the pace as desired, which can in no way be condensed or forcibly spoon-fed. While we can have any idea about the vocal recording before the overdub, it has indeed hugely contributed to the lyrical half of the album crafting that je ne sais quoi fancied atmosphere. Again and again, echoes verily exhibited the guitar track –at times- in multiple layers, simulating a two-guitar mix. The bass rhythm often set the whole pace, while the accompanying guitars fade in either shy long notes or synth effects.

“To The Estimated Size Of The Universe” strikes as progressive rock made heavier to the degree of a metal track, but still can give the impression of “art for the sake of art”, which interpretation is up to the listener and the latter alone. By the end to sum up the whole stuff, I’ve found no better than an Abraham Hicks quote:

“You’re never going to any final place. And so, we want to remind you to relax and start having fun on the way”.

3 Star Rating

1. Slow Forward Jam
2. Butterfly
3. Magnolia
4. The Meteorian
Manos - Guitar, Vocals
Nick - Drums
Theano - Bass
Record Label: Pink Tank Records


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