Instrumental prog rock is a somewhat niche genre. While exclusively made up of bands with such ability and art, it often goes unnoticed by the majority of the rock community. This is due to the distinct lack of vocals, making Rhoda May‘s music somewhat inaccessible to most and is more music for the guitar-fanatic type. It’s such a travesty that this EP will not be heard by more people as the sheer amount of talent present on the ‘Sessions’ EP is astronomical.
As you can imagine, the guitar work is phenomenal, especially on ‘#8’ and ‘#5’ where the fret work has a wonderful Coheed & Cambria sensation to it. Though Rhoda May are a tad repetitive in places, when the riffs are this mesmerizing you really won’t care, not to mention that the chemistry between each member can only be matched by that of Walter White himself.
While there is somewhat of an air of pretension around vocal-less music, that shouldn’t deter you from listening to it as you would depriving yourself of truly incredible music.
If you’re a fan of bands like And So I Watch You From Afar and 65daysofstatic, then Rhoda May is definitely a band you should check out. While perhaps a tad further along the rock spectrum than ASIWYFA and not quite as atmospheric, they still possess the same enchanting awe that only instrumental music can bring you.
Written by Andy Roberts
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