The Bangalore Math Rockers return with a fresh sound.
If this is the first time you’re even hearing of the term ‘Math Rock’, I did you the favour of googling it and copying an excerpt from its Wikipedia page.
Math rock is a rhythmically complex, guitar-based style of experimental rock that emerged in the late 1980s. It is characterized by complex, atypical rhythmic structures (including irregular stopping and starting), angular melodies, and dissonant chords.
Still sounds like Greek to you? Well, let’s just put aside genres and definitions for now. What Stuck in November does on their second release, ‘First Visit To Camp Telepathy’ is so much more than what a Wikipedia article can summarise. Even if you’re no stranger to the genre, Stuck in November’s approach is distinct in its use of instrumentation and memorable melodies. The EP features 4 tracks, 2 of which are new renditions of earlier releases while 2 are brand new.
It’s a departure from their previous EP, ‘First Slice of Cake’, offering a much more stripped-down approach that still imbibes the same sense of melody and mischief. The accompanying art also captures the essence of the band’s music in a quirky manner that makes listening to the album that much more of a journey.
With 2 EPs behind them, I would love to hear a full-length album from Stuck in November that can offer a more immersive listening experience. For now, Stuck in November has put out an EP that’s really paving the way for experimental music in the country. Their intent to continue to innovating despite already being pretty innovative really puts them in a class apart.