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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Artist of the Day: Self-Evident

You would think that after so many years, I would get sick of listening to math rock, but these great, oft-undiscovered bands have a way of constantly skittering out of the cyber woodwork.  My latest obsession hails from the snowy streets of Minneapolis and operates under the oddly meta moniker of Self-Evident.  Formed all the way back in 1997, these rhythmic engineers have been cranking out album after album (six in total) of addictive jazzy excellence that, regardless of their incontrovertible merit, have commonly been overlooked by those expected fans who gravitate toward the Kinsella form.  Sometimes, I suppose, even the unquestionable deserve a little push.

With hours of material to explore, Self-Evident's back catalogue can appear quite intimidating, but their 2012 offering, We Built A Fortress On Short Notice, is a good place to start.  There's the melodic beauty of "Bartertown," the classic genre brilliance of "In Cowardice" and the title track's other worldly post rock conclusion, just to name a few.  Of course, that's barely scraping the surface of this ocean of untapped mathy resources, so go on and get up.  This is happening right now. 

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