Release Date: March 25th 2016
Record Label: Spartan Records
Every so often there’ll come a band whose music is something truly unique, so much so it is hard to find comparisons. This is most definitely the case for Square Peg Round Hole. Creating their own instrumental masterpiece, this is a band that’s album makes for a true unique listening experience and make the group incredibly hard to define.
Due to this the interpretation can be left open for the listener and it can change on every listen to this album. With only the sound of the music to guide the listener along a journey, the true intentions of what to interpret can never actually be reached. This works as a blessing within Square Peg’s favour as it leaves the listener questioning what is going on in the release and what it truly means.
What can’t be disputed is the pure creativity of the members in Square Peg, with Evan Chapman, Sean M. Gill, and Carlos Pacheco-Perez all splitting the writing and instrumentation between the three members and equally having a part within the creation of the musical soundscape, this is something which can’t be put down to one individual member. This is not like a conventional rock band, and not one specific member has a greater part than the other. This works great within the band’s image, and makes the group feel more like an art piece rather than a standardized band.
What can’t be overlooked on the album is the role of the mixer Bryan Laurenson. Often overlooked, the mixer does a perfect job on this album and gives an aural delight, especially when wearing headphones. This is more noticeable on tracks such as Unraveling which is an 8 minute, progressive landscape, mixing vibraphones, drums and piano together into one complex piece of music. Though seen as simplistic upon surface level, (especially due to the repetitive drum beats and vibraphone note) this is a song which when dug into brings up many hidden surprises and makes the band feel like one of true creativity.
The fact he also works in the role of guitarist on certain tracks on the EP this can be seen most evidently on A Frame where the percussive elements of Square Peg are built upon by the outside influence of the guitar. A song that is expansive it takes it’s mood into more creative territories and makes the track feel like a classic in the wider sound of the album.
In conclusion, music needs a band such as Square Peg. In a world that seems much more commercialised than it has done in any other point in recent history, the technicalities and emotion of a band like this, resonates well with the listener. This is not an album to listen to for want of something to tell you how to feel directly, but this is something you need to go along for the journey. If this is done effectively, this record will have a greater impact upon the listener.