Palace Of Mirrors
I talked about the band's sense of humor being minimized on Quadropus, but I've subsequently realized the humor wasn't really
any less prevalent than on Buck Fever
, it just sort of felt that way because it was mostly relegated to the second half of the album. This time a lot of the band's sillier quirks are noticeably absent though: No doo-wop nods, nonsensical spoken word, or original chiptune compositions, and nothing as obviously jokey as "Bodyslam".
This is the album of theirs that reminds me most of Secret Chiefs 3 - I'm not sure if working with SC 3 started rubbing off a lot more at this point, or if it's just a natural effect of removing the aforementioned elements and adding a bit more emphasis on orchestral instrumentation and soundtrack music influences. The important thing is that this is some of the most epic-sounding music they've put out, and they're still mixing genres in unusual ways: "Those Who Know..." is a good example of both, as it sounds like the theme to some sort of Bollywood spy western (and I don't know about you, but I'd certainly want to watch such a thing).
Assuming this is the end (sources seem to vary as to whether they've truly split up, although wikipedia seems to think so), it's a really great way to go out. I guess there's something kind of bittersweet about listening to a band's entire output in a week, growing to love them, and not knowing whether they'll ever produce anything else. I guess if I need more I can always dive into the previously mentioned live recordings on archive.org though.
Those Who Know..., The Terrible Beautypower Of Meow, Colossal Risk