CHASING THE FORM
EXILE ON MAINSTREAM
Ostinato is an Italian term for recurring musical fragment, a name which suits this Washington D.C.-based trio's sweepingly swaggering seven-track offering. Deep bass grooves, unorthodox guitar work, experimental drums, and a plethora of other musical instruments thrown in for good measure illuminate the dynamic dreaminess of tracks like "Between the Years", while a tumultuously trippy undercurrent highlights the peaks and valleys of "The Art of Vanishing", almost like a less-ominous Pelican taking charge. As shown from the visionary vibe coming off of "Latitude", Ostinato isn't afraid to engage you into a sprawling semi-shoegazing escapade before lulling you out of the trance with durable rock momentum, and that's why this is a disc you can enjoy again and again without fear of losing its luster. Stunning on all accounts, this disc is atmospheric rock at its finest hour.