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Album Review

The third album by Florida-based quartet Mercury Program is a small departure, eliminating vocals entirely and adding electronics for the first time to what had previously been a richly acoustic, almost jazzy sound. The band is still centered around Whitney Travisano's electric piano and vibraphone (guitarist Tom Reno and drummer Dave LeBleu also add vibes to several songs), which gives A Data Learn the Language a cool, mellow feel, like the Sea and Cake reinterpreting their favorite Modern Jazz Quartet sides. The electronics and loops are introduced sparingly, supporting the eight lengthy songs and adding new and interesting textures, but never becoming the center of musical attention. A Data Learn the Language will be of no interest to those who find instrumental post-rock insufferably dull, but it's consistently melodic, rhythmically varied, and unfailingly listenable. Coctails and Tortoise fans take note.

Customer Reviews

Bloody heaping brilliant!

Every song is perfect chill. Great for studying, driving, relaxing, rocking out, spring cleaning, and heck, everything else under the sun. The Mercury Program really succeed in branching out from the tedious post-rock shtick by adding in ambient and subtle electronic vibes, completely eschewing that whole quiet/loud technique. I am in love with Whitney's vibraphone, especially on "To/From Iceland." And the album kicks up it a notch and lets David really groove on "Egypt" and "Sultans of El Sur." If I had to choose a favorite record, this puppy's got first dibs. People are constantly dubbing them as a Tortoise rip-off; but honestly I couldn't care less. We have some beautiful music here, music to be reckoned with. Music to be enjoyed. Music for anyone who likes music, I might go so far as to say. Well, I guess I just did... On a related note, here's to the new record which, according to the boys' MySpace, drops sometime early 2009. Woohoo!


The Mercury Program will change your definition of music. Every song by them is a masterpiece that will leave you amazed. Their songs are always left for you to interpret and that is what makes them what they are. The jams in this album will make you want to do dozens of things, from reflect to just straight up dance. By the way, NEW ALBUM THIS SPRING!!!

Fantastic cd

Combining eclectic jazz and rock beats, this is far and away my favorite Mercury Program cd. Sultans of El Sur is my favorite track and reminds me of flying at night. Positively a must-have for any jazz-rock fan or if you just like Major 7s in general.


Formed: Gainesville, FL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Gainesville, FL-based post rock quartet the Mercury Program assembled guitarist/vocalist Tom Reno, bassist Sander Travisano, keyboardist/vibraphonist Whitney Travisano and drummer David Lebleu. Debuting with the single "Lights Out in Georgia," the group issued their self-titled first LP in 1999. From the Vapor...
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