Thursday, May 21, 2009

Miracles of Modern Science - an Orchestral Space Odessy

Miracles of Modern Science formed in 2004 as a "sea-shanty-spouting string band at Princeton University", gradually evolving into it's current incarnation which explores the energy of synth-rock music with an organic blend of strings and percussion. No guitars, no electronics, just bass, violin, cello, mandolin, and drums. Lest you think the title above came solely from my own genius mind, I should inform you that it is simply a play on words from the band members themselves, who classify their music as 'orchestral space pop,' an oddly fitting description.

The five-piece recorded their self-titled debut EP in "dorm rooms and basements," and now they're presenting it to you, for FREE, which we here at Chewing Gum for the Ears think is quite admirable and perhaps stupid considering how great the music is. The four tracks are an explosive combination of pop hooks and classical presentation that sounds remarkably, well...modern, especially given the musical palette the band has chosen to work with. My personal favorite is opener "MR2," a dramatic tune that showcases the band's love for epic choruses and their rock 'n' roll attitude that makes their new EP such an enjoyable twenty minutes. Miracles of Modern Science have a great thing going and I'm already looking forward to whatever they come up with next.

Download the record and be prepared for a very good time.