Problem of Alarming Dimensions
Genres: instrumental rock, indie rock, math rock
Mar 8 - 14 2004
Instrumental rock is an unfortunate genre. Aside from Mogwai
there just isn't much attention paid to the wordless style.
Which is a shame, given the multitude of possibilities it has to
H-Hov-Hover is the latest album by Arkansas titans A
Problem of Alarming Dimensions, and though it isn't entirely
instrumental, one will certainly be impressed what the band have come
up with using so few words. Right from "Driving in Unison," the determined,
engaging title track, we can see that the band is on a mission.
Crisp, cutting percussion and a dreamy haze of guitar characterize
many of this seven-tracker's compositions, while the many math
rock tunes ("Voice of Dissension," "Non-Deterministic
Finite Automation") serve to keep things interesting. One
of this disc's best assets is "Subsidies for our Favorite
Killer," a pretty, epic tune that is actually very pleasant.
Overall, H-Hov-Hover offers a nice selection of math rock
and less raucous instrumental material. The one song with
vocals, "Non-Deterministic Finite Automation," is perhaps
one of the best - APOAD would be well-advised to experiment
further with singing in the future.
[Vitals: 7 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]