Exposé Online banner

Ibex — Parthenogenesis
(Bandcamp no#, 2017, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2017-05-19

Parthenogenesis Cover art

Ibex is a young band from Bellingham, Washington, way up in the far northwest corner of the contiguous states, which is a reminder that in today’s world, there’s no point in saying that anyplace is more or less unlikely to be the source of good progressive music. If I had to give a quick comparison to a more widely known band, I would pick fellow Washingtonians Moraine, not just because of the prominence of violin in both bands, but also because of a certain angular melodicism. There are odd meters and unexpected changes, and a fondness for using dissonance to add tension. But the similarities are fairly shallow, really, with Ibex tending more towards heavier riffs where Moraine has a jazzy bent. Another reference might be Djam Karet on one of their more rockish albums, or Bi Kyo Ran, though the violin makes such comparisons necessarily tentative. One thing I really like about Parthenogenesis is how Ibex demonstrates how to be an instrumental band that is not at all about showing off technique. There are some nicely tricky unison sections, and many subtle touches from all of the players, but the “solo” sections never venture into self-indulgent wankery, favoring textures and tones more than flashy playing. They also know how to put together a longer piece and keep it interesting, such as the title track, 11:35 of varying sections and moods. They strike an intriguing balance between fussy rhythmic trickery (math rock) and Crimson-esque progressive rock. But the thing that makes the music work is that there are good melodies throughout. So often, bands who indulge in metric complexity neglect the melodic side of the music and end up sounding like background music — sometimes it’s loud background music, but it’s lacking the appeal that comes from solid lead lines. Parthenogenesis is a great release from a promising young band, vastly improved from their 2014 debut and definitely ready for prime time.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Ibex

More info
http://ibexxx.bandcamp.com/album/parthenogenesis

Latest news

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more

2021-02-10
Chick Corea RIP – The sad news has reached us that Chick Corea has Returned to Forever, so to speak. The innovative keyboardist and composer died on February 9 at the age of 79. With a career that spanned from the 60s until shortly before his death, Corea touched many listeners with the incredible variety of music he produced in his lifetime. » Read more

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Solstice - New Life – Throughout their career, Solstice has consistently eschewed the commercial interests shared by most other bands of the 80's UK scene, favoring instead to concentrate on live performances and a very...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues