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MadTracks -- 'Guts and the Gazelle' by Voltress

<i>Antelopes</i> by Voltress
Antelopes by Voltress
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Antelopes, the new album by Voltress, marks the debut of Cancer Records and Hum Machine mainstay Eric J. Hartz's vinyl- and digital download-only label Shortwave Records. For this release, though, Hartz decided to include a CD version of the album, having recognized that a few old farts still rely on the silver discs.

Participants in the Hartz-directed project include instrumental heavyweights Roscoe Mitchell, Richard Davis, Bernie Worrell, and Corey Wilkes, and the music leans toward the experimental-groove end of the music spectrum.

The record's long, episodic tracks may well put off the hook-obsessed elements of the pop/rock audience, but both prog and jazz fans should plug right into Hartz's mix of taped (and increasingly angry) telephone messages, aleatory synthesizer filigree, melancholy, free-blowing horns and melancholic art-metal that come together in the song "Guts and the Gazelle.'

A MP3 featuring a portion of the track is available in the related downloads at right.

MadTracks highlights and provides MP3s of songs performed by local musicians. All tracks here are provided with permission of the artist. If you are a musician based in the Madison metro area and are interested in sharing your work as a MadTrack, please send a message.

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