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The Fertile Crescent

If this band had stuck with the name Killgun, you might have rightfully expected the kind of music that comes from listening to too much Big Black and Scratch Acid. Instead, the Fertile Crescent's actual sound skirts close to post-rock with its inspired, sonically rich atmospheres. Inside the unconventional song structures is an element of pop, if pop didn't have to follow such a restrictive formula. The group perfectly weaves rhythms inside rhythms, incorporates textures within textures and finds ingenious uses for odd yet fascinating tonal pairings, resulting in a scintillating, collaged tapestry of evocative aural delights that manages to be as immediate as it is contemplative. Flowering in the desert of the American Southwest, the Fertile Crescent is pioneering new methods of creating hypnotic psychedelia.

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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.