Instrumental brilliance meets musical incompetence
Shut up about time signatures! So bands can have multiple thoughts simultaneously? Whoopty-doo! There’s more to a good record than besting the listener and this one is baffling. Despite sounding like two Dartz! albums playing at the same time, ‘[b]Cadenza[/b]’ somehow manages to come off completely underdeveloped and sometimes just plain odd.
The title track falls somewhere between an overfussy Your Twenties track and a Foals live session, recorded at gunpoint. As an instrumental album it’s vaguely impressive, but overall it’s incomplete and lacks the pop touch to transform things from cerebral to listenable.