Tera Melos are still a band, reads the bio for the trio. These guys have been incorporating math infused rock for a good while, and for the most part it’s been a mind-blowing ride. Though, with most progressive music, it can get stale fast. On their new E.P. Treasures and Trolls however, the experimental group makes music that has structure and real moments of melodious music, possibly marking a new era for what they’ve been known for in the past.
The three song release is opened by the melodic and rather hook filled notes of “Treasures and Trolls.” Complete with backing vocals for harmony, and guitar riffs that don’t deter your ears, the song might be as close as the three piece gets to a pop song. That’s not to say that it doesn’t take a turn down the proggy rabbit hole, but it returns to those melodic notes almost as quickly as it steers away. This is followed by the strange yet still catchy sounds of “Lemon Grove.” There’s something playful and focused here, more so than on previous releases from the band. The math notations aren’t as far and away, the rhythm changes are subtle and the drum clusters work on multiple levels. They close things off with the slower and more relaxed tone of “Super Fxx,” before things get murky and heavy, while still feeling like all that you love about the band.
You can stream Treasures and Trolls on all streaming sites, it’s available for purchase in all digital storefronts, or on a rare green 7″ vinyl from Sargent House Records. Tera Melos are on tour tonight in Quebec at District-Saint Joseph until December 15 at The Showbox in Seattle. A complete list of their tour dates can be accessed here.
Image Credits: Photo by Ryan Lindow.