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Free Moral Agents’ blend of tribal jazz, funk and post-rock might — unfortunately — elude those accustomed to easy labels on their music. The second studio album from the group led by keyboardist Isaiah Ikey Owens (the Mars Volta, Long Beach Dub Allstars) is a many tentacled creature, with vocalist Mendee Ichikawa lending a soft, mystical side to the oscillating synths, squawking horns, wiry guitars, and scattering of strings, congas and other assorted musical flavors. “When I Smile” is a great example of one song covering lots of territory in a surprisingly compact four and a half minutes; weepy strings bleed into an exciting barrage of stomping guitars, which yield to the funk rhythms of syncopated vintage organs and crisp percussion. “Dragon Prow” is a twitchy rocker, “North Is Red” blares cinematic horns over loping tablas, and “Sound at Sea” employs twinkling guitars and Ichikawa’s lilting voice, which should please any indie rock fan. (They also cover Sonic Youth’s “Little Trouble Girl”). If you really need a simple label, file this under “V” for Very Cool Music.

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"Control This"? How about "Get This"?

This album is superb. Far from the solo beginnings, Owens has put together a great group of artists to create a memorably unique sound that is currently lacking in contemporary music. A lot of genre defining musical elements are here - psychodelic, jazz, prog, post, indie, etc. Combine that with Ichikawa's vocals, and this album will take your ears on a journey they've never had the pleasure of going.

In a Word "Disappointing"

I was very excited to see that Icky from The Mars Volta had his own project because he is a very talented musician based on what I've heard from TMV and various Omar records. There are some good grooves here and there, but mostly this album is boring and unfocused. I would have been happy with instrumental piano/keys. The vocals are not good at all.

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