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«We welcome back Rico in brand new 2011 with a spanking new EP, called 'Marquee Strat'. This marks a bit of a depart from Rico's sound, at least for the time being, where he switched from fat beats and downbeat structures to sampled guitars and drums, electronic hardcore-punk-rock-whatever style, but still software sequenced. Reminds me a bit of Mogwai meets Fugazi.

Unusual and freshly fun. Enjoy!»
- Pedro Leitão


01 Sameness
  [4'49'' • 11,2Mb • 320Kbps]
02 Precise Lines
  [3'29'' • 8,24Mb • 320Kbps]
03 Prodigious Savant
  [6'81'' • 2,52Mb • 320Kbps]
04 Like An Anthropologist On Mars
[3'11'' • 7,55Mb • 320Kbps]
05 Echolalia
  [1'32'' • 3,76Mb • 320Kbps]
  [PDF-Zip • 3,68Mb]
  all tracks + artwork
  [Zip • 38,7Mb]


«De temps en temps, test tube s’éloigne de ses productions expérimentales pour proposer des EPs ou des albums à dominante plus pop, comme c'était déjà la cas avec Hip Nothing en décembre dernier. Cette fois, avec Rico Püstel il est plutôt question de pop instrumentale aux accents shoegaze 80's, avec pas mal de reverb, dans le son batterie et dans la guitare. Composé et arrangé assez simplement, ce court album s'écoute avec beaucoup de plaisir! [7/10]»
- Netlabels Revue / March 13, 2011

«I am pretty giddy about finding this release. This is in fact rock music, a rarity for my netlabel reviews – and a rarity for netlabels in general, which is kinda sad really, but where do you find a drummer, anyhow?

Marquee Strats a great collection of songs with a sound directly in the vein of math rock, sounding not unlike Dianoga or a bit of Don Caballero. I have no idea if Rico is doing the modal/time change stuff (I could tell you if I saw the music, but for some reason, by ear, I am horrible at it) that are the hallmarks of the genre, even so it has the same flavor.

Back to Marquee Strat: what makes it so good is that it has all of the hallmarks of the genre, and all are done quite well. The melodies are heavy on the arpeggiation and the harmony portions do a good job of varying and returning to support the melodic bits. Each track is different but they all have  cohesiveness that really works well together where they sort of glide from one to the other. It’s definitely a release that makes it easy to just let it play through!»
- Eric Fescenmeyer / January 07, 2011

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