I never got too excited about math in school, but Math Rock, on the other hand, is something I can really get down to. Fox Territory is an instrumental math rock, jazz fusion band from the Czech Republic, which hold on, I didn’t know that they had foxes. In fact, I haven’t even thought about foxes yet this year. This was my first time for 2017.
The song "Calm Fragrance" is pretty upbeat with lots of staccato guitar playing, especially staccato rhythm guitar comping "jazzy" chords, which I’m assuming are riddled with 7ths and suspensions. To help convey the production of the music, the guitars are bright with a light, crunch overdrive, and there’s lots of ride cymbal action. Most of the melody is carried by the lead guitar, which is slightly more overdriven/distorted than the rhythm guitars, and there’s a cool vocal sample(?) that comes in and out throughout the song. It adds a cool flavor to the layering.
While this type of mathrock/jazz fusion isn’t quite as technical, performance-wise, as one might hear from Animals as Leaders, for example, it’s still captivating, and I’d go so far as to say that it’s pretty catchy. The main theme is looping in my head as I type this, which is somewhat rare, I’d think, for a song from this genre. It’ll be interesting to see/hear what the rest of this album will bring to the table when it’s released in February of this year.