100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

Tera Melos: Patagonian RatsTera Melos: Patagonian Rats (Sargent House, 9/7/10)

Tera Melos: “Skin Surf”

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With guitarist/keyboardist Nick Reinhart‘s newly sharpened vocal chops and a new tech-pop balance, Patagonian Rats marks the true arrival of eccentric math-rock trio Tera Melos.  The album lands somewhere between the band’s old schizophrenic yet directed mayhem and the mathy yet melodic accessibility of Bygones, Reinhart’s band with drumming wiz Zach Hill.

The chaos is carefully controlled, erupting at opportune moments or manifesting itself in layers of outlandishness. Patagonian Rats is rooted in a punk energy as well, powered by spastic drums, guitar noodling, and driving bass distortions.

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