Music News


These two singles represent a further shift from even the boundary-pushing material heard on 2007's Necrogeister. "Bicycle Tropics" sounds like a Can tune pulled apart to its basic components and reworked into an IDM pop song. "Savage Orb," meanwhile, seemingly dispenses with all connection to conventional rock instrumentation. A chillingly beautiful song, it could be the offspring of Ambient Works Vol. 2-era Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk and Autechre, replete with robotic vocals and off-center electronic percussion. If the horror-movie series The Cube were to be re-scored, this version of Constellations would make an ideal fit, with its mysterious and sometimes claustrophobic sound. Constellations was once a rock band. This release severs all ties with that era of the group's creative expression.

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.