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Rich with bold brass and hypnotic percussion, Polyrhythmics last album, Caldera, showcases the instrumental eight-pieces impossibly tight grooves and virtuosic musicianship as they tear through a singular blend of funk, soul, psychedelic rock, Rs without a doubt their strongest work to date, merging the infectious power of their live show with a sleek and nuanced studio sophistication.Named for the smoldering crater left after a volcanic eruption, Caldera was written during a band retreat to rural Oregon, where Polyrhythmics embraced truly collaborative songwriting for the first time during a marathon session in the shadow of Mt. Hood (itself an active volcano). The resulting album is a blistering declaration from a band thats progressed beyond the sum of its influences to come fully into its own. From the downtempo, Afrobeat trance of Stargazer to the triumphantly anthemic, high-octane pump-up funk of Marshmallow Man, Caldera is instrumental music at its best: emotional, evocative, mesmerizing. On Cactus Blossoms, Polyrhythmics craft an eerie, retro gem straight out of a 70s film score, while the trippy effects and wah-wah guitar of Goldies Road suggest a psychedelic journey (or perhaps a bad trip), and the shuffling Vodka For My Goat draws on Stax soul while hinting at BB Kings merger of the blues and jazz. Its an eclectic collection, tied together by the melding of eight distinct musical voices coming together as a cohesive whole.