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Album Review

Escapade's Rule #3 finds the band pushing deeper into their progressive space rock. Containing six long tracks (ranging from five minutes to nearly 20), Rule #3 convincingly explores several deep soundscapes. The opening "Symphony of Sirens" contains some wonderful glockenspiel explorations from founder and bandleader Hadley Kahn, unfortunately the album's only foray into that particular variety of ether. The closing "And Then All Silence Was Crushed" features some interestingly placed marimba work by guitarist Paul Casanova. The other four tracks are slightly blander, though not much, and could almost be filed as ambient, if not for the persistently tinny electronic quality of some of the synthesizers and guitar effects. Their cover of Pink Floyd's psychedelic classic, "Interstellar Overdrive," unfortunately seems like little more than a perfunctory head tacked onto the usual free improv. For a genuine band of musicians improvising in this mode, their avoidance of individual voices is quite impressive, and their focus is refreshing.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The much-lauded space rock band Escapade was formed in 1996 by drummer Hadley Kahn. Although capable of playing straight-out space rock, the group specialize in a more unified, improvisational take on the genre. Influenced by Krautrock and psychedelic bands of the 1960s and 1970s, Escapade nonetheless has produced albums that do not simply sound like copies of another era. The band's lineup has changed over the years, but as of 2001, it consisted of Paul Hilzinger (keyboards), Paul Casanova (guitar),...
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