Album Review: Groove Think – Me, the Machine

Groove Think - Me, the Machine

Groove Think is a relatively new name on the US and worldwide progressive rock scene. They have been around since 2010 and ever since then they released, an EP, a live album, and two full-length albums. Their newest release is a sophomore full-length album titled Me, the Machine. The trio based in Austin, TX features Frederick Jones on guitar, Corey Isaacs on bass, and Mike Krieger on drums. Their music blends elements of melancholy, the spirit of Nordic folk, and US progressive rock. All of this is true; throughout this record there is surely an omnipresent feeling of melancholy, which is mostly carried by the vocal harmonies and a variety of keyboards-related stuff. It’s worth mentioning that Me, the Machine features guest contributions by keyboardist Katie Shaw-Meadow, violinist Caleb H Polashek, and saxophonist Will Daniel. Me, the Machine is divided into eight songs with a total duration of almost 50 minutes.

The most prominent instrument on this record is the guitar, played masterfully by Jones. The sound of guitar is well-rounded, the riffs are melodic, but heavy, guitar solos are executed flawlessly. The interplay between guitars and vocals is another highlight of Me, the Machine.The term “virtuosity” has been a synonym for progressive rock for a while, but this release is focus on melody over the technicality.

The craftsmanship and musicianship are top-notch. Starting from the openers “Unleashed” and “Myopia,” as Me, the Machine flows by Groove Think are even more prolific; they are like a flower that opens up slowly. Throughout of the album’s eight-track repertoire, you get epic arrangements brought to perfection. Me, the Machine intersperses jangled guitars with angular complexities that might fly over some heads – repeat listens are deserved. The songs are organised so intricately that all the nuances and difficulties that might have gone into recording such an extraordinary album are totally lost in its beauty.

To conclude, with Me, the Machine these guys hint that they have the knowledge and potential to make something good. At least, this record is far from being categorized as a “hobby album,” it surely needs to be listened and is not one of those “skip-over” releases. Give this album a chance and let the music speak to your heart, rather than your brain!

Me, the Machine is out now and is available from Bandcamp.

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