Bockman's Euphio: gorjus

With a penchant for good songwriting and a diverse array of musical influences, Bockman's Euphio has done it again with their sophomore release. Clocking in at just over 70 minutes, Gorjus dips into jazz, funk, and breakbeat and turns in every direction imaginable. The title track shows off sounds that will keep feet moving through a late night and showcases Andrew Weir's shiny, danceable keys work and Sean Canan's trancy guitar. With a sound reminiscent of Sound Tribe Sector 9 one minute and a touch of Soul Coughing the next, this band quickly produces a feeling of harmony through their creative songwriting. All four members step up to the plate to shell out one of the finest-produced lyrical albums released this year.

Songs like "Reverie" showcase a keyboard-driven sound that resonates with vocal harmonies and bounces along throughout all 11 tracks. An album suited for any occasion, it makes for the ultimate soundtrack to a road trip, gearing up for going out on the town, or settling in after a late night. Soaring guitar solos, teasing keys, and a backbone of rhythm from upright bass and right-on drums make the listener realize very quickly that this self-produced album is just a peek into the minds of these four incredibly gifted musicians, a mere hint of what they are capable of. It's a damn good sign when you notice your foot tapping the entire listen. Gorjus is a huge step forward for Bockman's ever-evolving sound.

Matt Layton
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[Published on: 5/6/04]

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