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Whale Fall - The Madrean

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Whale Fall is an instrumental group from L.A., which takes its name from the way a new sea life community is amazingly formed whenever a whale carcass decays. And there is some wonderful instrumental music on the album The Madrean, too, creating musical new life at nearly every turn.

It's easy to hear the influence of another famous Los Angeles band, Love, on songs like opener "The Dawn Thief," especially with this track's delightful trumpet part. With "I Shall Sail No More (No More Shall I Sail)" reveals the act's pretty side with its echoing electric guitar/keyboard sound and overall dreaminess. This tune also includes sweet trumpet, by the way.

Be forewarned that all of these tracks are long, with the exception of "On River On Route," which clocks in at 'only' 4:34. The rest of the release is made up of six, seven, eight and nine minute recordings. "On River On Route" makes up for its relatively short length with a moving moodiness, however.

The test of any instrumental music album is how well it keeps the listener's attention and The Madrean does just that, bringing the listener back into its imaginative world again and again.

Whale Fall - The Madrean
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