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Voltress: Antelopes

Voltress’ debut, Antelopes, smacks of high pretention and an everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink aesthetic. However, this Madison, Wis. ensemble makes its brand of postmodern pastiche work just fine, opting for an organic-sounding meld instead of a forced let’s-try-everything-and-see-what-sticks approach.

The group’s core comprises the adventurous septet of Eric Hartz (Moog, SK1, keybass, organ, vocals), Mark Sinnott (guitars, vocals, piano), Beau Sorenson (guitar), Jeff Muendel (organ), Brendan McCarty (Nord Lead), Matt Rogers (upright bass) and Fender VI (drums). They are joined by the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s Roscoe Mitchell (tenor and bass saxophone), Ethnic Heritage Ensemble’s Corey Wilkes (trumpet), Parliament/Funkadelic’s Bernie Worrell (Mini Moog) and bassist Richard Davis. The album was conceived and written by Hartz and engineered by Sorenson, and the utilization of studio technology-sampling, panning, mixing-proves just as important as the instrumental execution.

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