Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange - Mark S. Tucker (US)
September 19, 2013
"What the group does is consolidate Canterbury, fusion, prog, and those modes' antecedents—classical, neoclassical, old school avant-garde, jazz, etc.—into a heady braintrip brimming with odd scenes, skewed academic japery, burning spirits, baroque sentimentality, and, of course, pure creativity." (...)
It goes without saying that this is a top-notch production in all respects, from engineering staples to cerebral crenellations, and Wrong Object is certainly one of the bands keeping the high-water mark of intelligence in music alive. In case it hadn't occurred to you, dear reader, progrock in its finer moments is actually the true next step in neoclassical music, and efforts like After the Exhibition prove that in spades. Like Univers Zero and other ne plus ultras, these lads are not common mortals and actually find their compeers, as odd as it may at first sound, in Messiaen, Takemitsu, Cage, Glass, and other stellar modernists. It's not the similarity of sound that matters at all but rather the level of invention, insight, and out-and-out creativity. I suspect this won't be understood in ivied halls until the electric guitar, synthesizer, and other "new" instruments are finally accepted by professors, doyens, and greybeards, but you here have the chance to jump the gun and wallow in pure unalloyed Art before the golems finally awaken and mutter whatever belated paeans they'll come to cobble."