Digital Antique

Written by on October 25, 2012 in Music Reviews, October 25, 2012 - Comments Off on Digital Antique

Digital Antique

A progressive/classical post-rock instrumental band from Austin, Texas made up of Travis Kennedy (guitar), James Parker Randolph (bass), Payton Holekamp (drums), Dixie Yoder (viola), Joseph Shuffield (violin), Annette Franzen (violin), and an alternating cast on cello. Their latest opus is the full length album due on August 24, 2012 entitled “II”.

The music coming from this unique 6-piece is really quite subtle and nuanced, and they would actually fall more in the classical category than rock if it weren’t for the drums, bass, and progressive feel to the whole thing. Their music is meant to elevate the listener and provide them with an experience rather than pummel them with technical riffage, as many prog rock and metal acts do. Flow is more important here than technicality. The album is also quite positive in mood, which is another factor that sets Digital Antique from their contemporaries Godspeed You Black Emperor, Yndi Halda and Mogwai. The only track that is really guitar heavy at points is the impressive “Horsepower”. Listening to tracks like “NG” and “The Heist”, you get the sense that this band hopes only to create a thing of beauty, but doesn’t have a heavy agenda beyond that. Many bands want to impart a particular vision, but Digital Antique prefers the listener paint their own picture. “II” is a wonderful new release from a fascinating new band.

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