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The Apes
Oddeyesee (French Kiss)

By: Cam Lindsay

Toning down the sheer heavy madness of their 2001 debut album, The Fugue In The Fog, Washington, D.C.'s The Apes have returned with another neck-snapping demonstration. Oddeyesee is a record of such uncanny material that there is a possibility that The Apes don't even know what they're on about half the time. Nevertheless, they have very little difficulty making things interesting. Reaching from the deep in the bowels of their own dark, fantasy land, The Apes spew out powerful and exotic prog-punk-rock. Following a lean diet of drums (Jeff Schmid), bass (Erick Jackson), organ (Amanda Kleinman) and vocals (Paul Weil), the quartet have taken the focus away from the brutally pounding noise, settling for a more subdued, psychedelic direction. The fact that the album has a concept behind it isn't very surprising, since the story contains the band heading on a journey to liberate new sounds with the help of a two-headed, green eyed insect and the Gemini Butterfly. The Apes' colorful stretch of the imagination never loses its touch. B+
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