MP3 Margaret Explosion - Happy Hour
Instrumental, improvisational jazz with an otherworldly lounge band aesthetic.
13 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Weird Jazz, NEW AGE: Ambient
The Margaret Explosion is not screaming for your attention. At its weekly Friday night happy hour gig at the Bug Jar, the band sets up in the darkest corner of the club. It makes no announcements or introductions. The musicians don''t take flashy solos, or make grandiose musical statements.
What they do, from their dark corner, is provide the crowd with a cool, knowing, improvised soundtrack for its early evening activities. They cast a bohemian glow over the room, and, like magic, people look more interesting, conversations become more engaging, and Rochester seems like a better, hipper place to be.
— Chuck Cuminale aka Colorblind James, City Newspaper, Rochester, NY
Watch me play taboo with myself. Here are the words that most lazy, ordinary music critics lean on, words I will not use in this description of the Margaret Explosion: dreamy, ethereal, eclectic, lush, David Lynch, wash, soundscape, trippy, hypnotic, waterbed.
The Margaret Explosion floats with with an artistic style and grace and a loose, relaxed reference to melody that hints at jazz dissonance, beatnik hipness, and lullaby comfort. Though thoughtful, moody, and peaceful in a leopard print, red-velvet-camouflage, lounge kind of way, the quartet still reveals an underlying sense of personal effect, purpose, and intimidation lurking in their inky noir like a demon in a fairy tale.
The Explosion''s beautiful saxified music is most akin to that prelude to REM, when we first drift off to ...OK, so maybe they are a little dreamy (gimmie a break).
— Frank DeBlase, City Newspaper, Rochester, NY