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April 27, 1999

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EUPHONE [I]THE CALENDAR OF UNLUCKY DAYS[/I] REVIEW

Euphone is drum'n'bass — literally. Originally the invention of multi-instrumentalist and Gauge drummer, Ryan Rapsys, Euphone's sound is now augmented by the addition of Heroic Doses bandmate and bassist Nick Macri. Sharing a love of free jazz and dub, Rapsys and Macri create instrumental, electronic soundscapes rounded out by acoustic instruments and an improvisational interplay of guitar, bass, and drums that borrows from jazz. "Broken Gourd" tosses in a bit of John Coltrane-style saxophone that duels with a church organ-sounding synthesizer and tantalizing, syncopated beats.

The bass-driven dub goes full-throttle on "Needle and Crate" and morphs into the sprightly bleeps and keyboard chord washes of "Cindy You Hate To Eat." This eases gently into the almost-'80s, retro synth opening of the upbeat "Wickedness." Clocking in at a mere 35 minutes, The Calendar of Unlucky Days is wisely free of any fat and repetition and shows the discipline of two fine musicians, who possess not a trace of self-indulgence — a rarity in all-instrumental rock. Euphone's second long-player is a keeper with inventive compositions you will want to return to again and again.

RATING: 8.5

PUBLICATION
Pop Matters

AUTHOR
Sarah Zupko

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