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article imageReview: aCr's 'Ghost Note Manifest' is a raw and exciting debut EP

By Andrew Ellis     Oct 5, 2014 in Music
"Ghost Note Manifest" is the debut EP from aCr, also known as Alvaro Che Rodrguez, the vocalist and guitarist for Houston-based band Liquid Casing.
The three-song set is very raw, but it's also very welcome in a marketplace full of music so polished you couldn't roughen it up if you tried to spit on the microphone.
"The Mechanical Motion Of Dying Stars" starts out as what can best be described as well-organized noise. It has a dirty grunge sound which perfectly compliments Rodriguez's vocals. Towards the middle it slows down, with more focus being put on the vocals. It almost seems to have different movements like from a piece of classical music.
The instrumental, "Turnstile Intervention," is just as raw sounding as the first song, and doesn't drag along on like other instrumentals seem to do. The fact that it isn't nearly as long as some rock instrumentals tend to be is a big plus.
The last song, "1st Assumptions Vs 2nd Doubts(Remix)," seems to be a mix of the two previous songs with the vocal parts spread out by different instrumental sections. The song ends with what sound like some sort of hip-hop influenced sampled that strangely fits in very well, and is great way to end the EP.
Ghost Note Manifest as a whole is a great introduction to aCr, and shows just how much of his own sound is in his main band, Liquid Casing. His vocal style won't get him on any reality singing competition soon, but it helps define the sound of the EP. It's a great starting point for a raw musical adventure that has only just begun.
The EP can be streamed here.
For information on aCr, you can go onto his Bandcamp or Facebook page.
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