The Hallucinant Telepherique
Absorbed by the Forest (Erratic Music)
Reviewed by Michael Toland, Fri., Feb. 26, 2016
Progressive rock in the grand UK tradition, Absorbed by the Forest introduces Austin to its Peruvian Montoya brothers. Hallucinant Telepherique gets it right on its debut platter. Dominated by multi-instrumentalist Sergio, the duo emphasizes songcraft over flashy technique. "Pishtaku" and "The Main Hall" let analog synthesizers and tuneful guitar figures drive the sweeping arrangements forward over Sergio's one-man rhythm section. The two-part "Unobserved" (one on each side) goes for the epic jugular, part one climbing the mountain and part two rolling back down. The wordless Absorbed by the Forest avoids pretentiousness by letting melodies do the talking.