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Monday April 04, 2016

From chicagoreader.com

Kneedelus
By Peter Margasak

“Since forming 15 years ago, New York quintet Kneebody have been honing a supertight, postfusion sound and perfecting an electric blend of moody lyricism and deeply propulsive grooves. All five members are composers that bring in a wide range of ideas and influences. Rhythms from funk and IDM collide with atmospheric melodic schemes of film scores and the stately elegance of contemporary classical music (this group, after all, worked with singer Theo Bleckmann on a collection of Charles Ives music). Yet as tightly as each piece is arranged and as explosive as the beats get—melding the intensity of early-70s Miles Davis with the melancholy of Radiohead—improvisation is what gives Kneebody its sense of purpose.”

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