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JOLLY
AN AUDIO GUIDE TO HAPPINESS PART I
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Progressively minded New York quartet Jolly displays a cohesive cornucopia of musical acumen on their 12-track release AN AUDIO GUIDE TO HAPPINESS PART I. While expected influences from the likes of Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, and Muse consistently seep through this unit’s concoction of sound, a discernibly 90’s alternative metal underbelly appears intermittently to propel tracks like “The Pattern” into realms where the likes of Faith No More, Tool and Meshuggah often reside. Despite a smattering of stylistic borrowing, Jolly does an admirable job of fine tuning a sound to call their own by blending atmospheric and heavy nuances together in a way which demonstrates a balance between playbook-familiar symphonic keyboard-led tones and distinct twists ripe with modern prog rock vibes, allowing the well-textured songwriting with underpinnings of heft (“Pretty Darlin’”) to stand out amongst the work of their contemporaries (“End Where It Starts”).
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- Mike SOS