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Classic Album Review: Fontanelle | Style Drift

The brainy quintet continue to fuse jazz-rock, funk, post-rock and electronica.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


WHO ARE THEY? The fontanelle is the soft spot on top of a baby’s head. Kind of a strange name for a band, no? Well, not really — not once you sample the brainy, improvised creations of this unique, free-thinking Portland quintet comprised of three keyboard players and rhythm section.

WHAT’S THIS? Despite the title, Fontanelle’s third release really isn’t much of a change from their earlier efforts. The 40-minute Style Drift follows in the footsteps of 2000’s self-titled debut and 2001’s F. with a seven-track slate of spacious numbers that showcase their hybrid style — a remarkable fusion of ’70s jazz-rock and funk with ’90s post-rock and Teutonic electronica.

HOW DOES IT SOUND? Miles Davis meets Can. Meets Kraftwerk. Meets Tortoise. Meets Medeski, Martin and Wood. Meets Spiritualized.


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