The String Cheese Incident

Untying the Not (SCI Fidelity)

ACL Fest Record Reviews

THE String Cheese Incident

Untying the Not (SCI Fidelity) With Untying the Not, the String Cheese Incident has taken a significant jump into the unknown. For a band that has used improvisation and experimentation as a major component in what they do, that's quite a leap. A great part of this disc is dark and full of contemplation, two states SCI has rarely visited. Importing producer Youth -- bassist for British post-punk band Killing Joke and the Orb, the Verve, and Crowded House producer -- gives the jolt of energy SCI was apparently looking for, allowing the band to use the studio as a tool to create sounds they might not be able to create on stage. The results are a spry mix of progressive rock not heard since the heyday of Pink Floyd. Spacy interludes of ambiguous voices and ambient electronics, occasional dance beats, and a couple of traditional folk numbers extend their hands to the past while reaching for something new. Untying the Not is probably not for everybody. It's the kind of album that's rarely made these days, one you need to listen to all the way through to fully appreciate. SCI fans are sure to applaud the band's ambition, while the change might attract newcomers to the fold. (Saturday, 7 & 8:45pm, Capital Metro stage)


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