Exposé Online banner

Spaced Out — Unstable Matter
(Unicorn Digital UNCR 5031, 2006, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2007-03-01

Unstable Matter Cover art

From their previous studio outings, Spaced Out is officially down to a trio now, although one wouldn’t know it from the sonic density of any of the ten cuts here, or from the seemingly full instrumentation of the seven minute opening title track, which features piano and synth in abundance, either programmed by six-string bassist, chief composer and producer Antoine Fafard, or via technical gimmickry from guitarist Mark Tremblay. Drummer Martin Maheux is at the drum kit tying all of this precision playing together, and a spirited job he does – especially on the endless drum riffing on “Big Crunch.” One thing that seems to differentiate this, the band’s fourth studio disc, from all previous ones is the overall heaviness, brutal intensity, and amount of serious guitar crunching and soloing that permeates all the tracks herein, bringing their sound more convincingly close to rock than the fusion of earlier takes, although that jazzier sound still surfaces occasionally. Fafard still offers plenty of those amazing jaw-dropping high-end bass solos, in addition to the stupendous bottom end work he provides on every track. And even though they are merely programmed, the keyboard and piano parts throughout add the effective punctuation that goes far to make this all-instrumental outing a truly satisfying listen.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Spaced Out, Antoine Fafard

Latest news

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Carreg Lafar - Profiad – The traditional music of Wales doesn’t get as much attention as that from other parts of the British Isles. That’s a shame because the country’s musical tradition is rich, diverse,...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues