Bloomington’s !mindparade follow up their ’11 EP with their full-length, Everything Is Happening, an eclectic mix of rock that dips into some art, and slight proggy, pop waters. Initially started as a bedroom solo project, !mindparade has grown into an 8 piece ‘electro-acoustic orchestra’ umbrella to cover their mission. The hopped up pop of Intro/Arrange Blood may seem like a red herring once you get into Everything Is Happening, but underneath the rush, !mindparade are dropping signposts of where they intend to go. Gravitation leads into a set of lush and fluid art-pop that includes sister cuts Time and OK, easilytaking as many cues from pop-leaning prog as much as more straight-ahead material. Gonna Be heads back to more rock territory for an energetic run that languidly dissipates back out for a return to the more art-pop shores of Why and It Is Strange…It’s a loose pattern that Everything is Happening lays out, a snapping ebb and flow between smart pop and more esoteric embellishments that don’t lose their grip, or way, waffling between the two. With all that, and forays into electro-pop like Rogue Hydra or the horn suffused Supercomputer Predicts Revolution, !mindparade cast a wide net that doesn’t fray into a mindless catch-all.
Gonna Be :: !mindparade :: Everything is Happening (2012, !mindparade)
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