The unfettered and dynamic exuberance of the band Covariance is evident in the first few measures of their self-titled album Covariance, which was released in September of this year. “Space Jam” launches with an explosion of sound and is propelled by a mixture of lightning-paced percussion, soaring guitar solos and rock solid chords to nail down the tone to an unmovable foundation. After a brief respite, the song again is propelled into a furious breakdown of fast tempo and high dynamics.
“Happy Song” brings a slightly more joyous aura to the album, while maintaining the hard hitting and quick sound that the band brings to each song. The record relaxes even more with “Blueberry Jam,” a laidback groove underlying skillful electric guitar melodies and harmonies. Even without vocals, these tracks are intriguing and variant enough to keep the listener interested.
The most catchy song of the album “Apples” alternates between different syncopated rhythms and separate sections of the song that build upon one another and creatively form a stylistic and unique song. The technique used by the musicians is especially noticeable on this song, as the band members stay in sync throughout many changing beats and a rapid pulse.
The intro to “The Cat-Daddy Strut” does not feature enough altered sounds to make it fully distinct from the previous songs on the record, but this downside does not significantly affect the album as a whole, as the slower chorus and gradual build throughout the song, both with swing rhythm, give the track an additional spark. The last song and third song with “Jam” in the title, “A Century of Jam” brings the album to a strong ending, bringing together the elements of the album into one final hurrah.
Overall, Covariance is a spectacular work of instrumental progressive rock, and the slow and quiet sections of the album bring as much energy as the tumultuous parts of the record. The band is a collective master of technique, style and sound, qualities that shine brightly through their music.
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