CD Review: Trioscapes – Separate Realities

Trioscapes - Separate RealitiesTrioscapes is a relatively new outfit that plays punked up jazz music. Headed by Between the Buried and Me bassist Dan Briggs, the trio (completed by Walter Fancourt (tenor saxophone/flute) and Matt Lynch (drums)) take the ideas of jazz, fusion, progressive rock and meld it with a bit of a punk attitude. The result is a six track album of rock music lead by infectious wind instruments.

Not Metal Blade Records usual fare, Trioscapes might be a hard sell for the label. The instrumental music is something more akin to a live show rather than a recording, but could be a treat for those looking to experiment with their regular sound intake. The standout track is the band’s take on Mahavishnu Orchestra’s “Celestial Terrestrial Commuters” which sounds more progressive rock than the jazz of the original. There’s a touch of RUSH and Yes in this piece that gives the 70s song a modern sound.

Definitely not something for everyday listening, Trioscapes is more of an assault on the senses and most certainly a mental mind fuck.

star 1.5