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Album Review

Jet Black Crayon, the instrumental trio led by Tommy Guerrero, turned to the help and collaboration of indie filmmakers when crafting their full-length record In the Interim, a beautiful, lush album that captures the uneasiness of Brian Eno and the sweet melancholy of Tortoise while still projecting their own dusky energy. The filmmakers, in turn, whose work is featured on the included DVD, create videos — most of which play on themes of skateboarding or dissent — to accompany the songs, which, although they are (purposefully) crude, help to provide a fuller sensory experience. What truly stands out, however, is the music, which is both introspective and engaging, forward-thinking and ruminative, pulsing along at an easy, measured pace. The mood is defined almost instantly: "Memory Lost," which opens the album, is a simple, muted song — one that only momentarily saddens — minor harmonies playing against electronic percussion, while "8 Bad Years" strikes a noticeable contrast, darker and heavier, more urgent. It's insistent but reserved, full of that same kind of bittersweetness that tinges the best love songs, aware of the good and bad realities of life. In the Interim is about creating atmosphere, setting a tone, and its successful realization — done almost solely without vocals, which makes the exception, "My Fair Romans," with severe spoken word from San Francisco band Enablers' Pete Simonelli, that more affecting ("The living build their walls and their stories to quantum detail, but only the perished truly survive") — sets the album in that dim-lit space where dust and dream collide, a gorgeous, grey-clouded paragon of reflection and resolve that promises to stay in the air long after the closing notes have dissolved into the harsh glare of midday.

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Liquidity

Every song on this release is pure unadulterated bliss! It reaches into the depths of your mind and awakens your heart. Every track tells a story which evokes a memory of one's own life, tucked away in the melodic drum patterns, and vibrant guitar tones. Jet Black Crayon continues to amaze me with every release, and I hope they never stop making such beautiful music.

#8 is NOT complete?

The length is consistant with the informationon other wbesites but the song seems to just end? What's the deal?

Biography

Formed: 1998 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Jet Black Crayon is the instrumental post-rock outlet for former professional skater Tommy Guerrero, who also releases more eclectic, hip-hop oriented sets under his own name. (Back in the 1980s, Guerrero was also the bassist in the legendary — mostly because of their truly excellent name — skatepunk outfit Free Beer, whose career overview The Only Beer That Matters was released on Alternative Tentacles in 2002.) Following the release of his first solo album, Loose Grooves and Bastard...
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