Nov. 24, 2017


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The Pitch: Potentially the final album from New York/Massachusetts instrumental progressive project Cotillion. If so, the band is going out at the top of their game. FFO: MoRkObOt, Animals As Leaders, Bangladeafy

What I Like: Well I'm sad to see these guys go, but it's also always nice to hear a band go out on a high note. Cotillion continue to hone their technical chops to the very end on this self-titled release, splicing funky grooves with James Brown samples like only they can. This album is chock-full of the band's usual melting pot of influences; from jazz and funk to electronic and metalcore. There's even an instrumental cover of One Reason Left's "Break Free."  Both the drums and guitar constantly vie for center stage, attempting to one-up the other with unbridled energy. And everything builds to the final, melodic closer, "Flickering Lights"; perhaps Cotillion's most layered track yet with its synth and 8-bit additions. I've also always enjoyed the self-aware, tongue-in-cheek song titles as with "Ethereal Gallops" and of course "Allegedly Ironic Breakdowns."

Critiques: I would have liked to see this project continue to grow and develop. The members show more and more promise with each release, and there is still so much room for growth and creativity to flourish. I only hope that the musicians involved continue to make music even if it's not under the Cotillion name.  Join an established band or start a new one.

The Verdict: Farewell Cotillion, at least for now. For those of you already familiar with my past coverage of this little instrumental gem, Cotillion will not leave you disappointed. And for those of you who haven't yet taken the plunge, now is as good a time as any to catch up.

Flight's Fav's: Palm Kicker, Ethereal Gallops, Flickering Lights

-Review by FlightOfIcarus

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