2011-03-20 14:02:11  
SONGS FOR MACHINES - Roland Paquette
by Keith LeBlanc 3.20.2011

Some of the most BO-da-cious hard edged cavernous chip driven sounds I have heard.  It Hit me the same as Nine Inch Nails the first time I heard it.  Much Respect.  -KLB

Keith LeBlanc @ Ziggy Studios New England
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2011-03-05 14:02:11  
SONGS FOR MACHINES - Roland Paquette

by Clinton A. Deckert - 3.5.2011

"One usually tries to cross-reference, categorize, define, describe, label, and pigeonhole music or art/culture into convenient boxes in effort to compare to something else relevant. It's human nature, but these are "Songs for Machines", so all bets are off. Although I am a mere mortal and not a machine, I will attempt to put it in human context.

The thing about the music of Roland Paquette is that it some how it seems to defy any attempt to do so... but I dare say subtle influences seem to range from; Queens of the Stone Age to Jethro Tull, or from King Crimson to Foo Fighters, depending how you look at it, or should I say, depending how you hear it. Even so, the music stands on it's own and only pays homage from a distance to such influences.

This body of work is well balanced, and powerfully dynamic. The songs range from crunching guitar to beautiful melody lines. The songs seem to get better with each listening. It is like a great stew with so many different spices and flavors that it's hard to identify the ingredients and yet it all works together with pleasingly tastey results. Well-seasoned home-style stew!... Or is it stone soup. Either way there is plenty of Rock in it.

The instrumental ditty called "Amazing Creature" takes you on a cosmic voyage complete with washes of a droning all-knowing cymbal from the center of some black hole. This magical guitar groove is sure to help the listener clear their head in order to fully contemplate the universe.

"Baby Boom Doomer" seems to capture the ghost element of a riff that escaped New Haven Coliseum just before the implosion.

"The Blue Clone" strategically clocks in at just 2:16 leaving one wanting more.

"Stasis" - Great weaves of overlapping guitar riffs in suspended animation set the stage for trip hoppin' down a groovy road.

"Organ Isms" - Great riff with a pregnant pause that keeps one on the aural edge in anticipation of the next down beat. Kind of like a modern day Peter Gunn turned inside out.

"They Don't Even Care" - QOTSA should buy the rights to this song. Great tune.

"Midnight Detritus" -Would have fit right in on the soundtrack for the movie, "The Crow".

"LaFayette Street" - A well-done instrumental distillation of just the essentials.

"Interstitial Interlude" - Nicely fills the gap of cranial space.

"Hurry Up and Wait" - The pared down low grumbling vocals provide room for the textural overlapped guitars to ring true.

"Die a Happy Man" and "Who Could Have Known" round out this respectable and honest effort that warrants repeated listens even if they are "Songs for Machines". I am sure humans will enjoy it too."

Clinton A. Deckert
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This page's background: "Beholder" by Clinton Deckert (with permission).



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