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EXPERIMENTAL | Miles Raymer

Few bands practice truth in advertising as thoroughly as Chord. Their psychedelic instrumental compositions, which they call "power ambient," are all explorations of a single chord—and each is named for the chord it's made from. In the past they've tackled exotic, dissonant chords such as Gdim13 and C7#11, but their latest recording consists of two takes on Gmaj7, a melodious chord that pops up frequently in country and folk music. Guitarist Trevor de Brauw, also of instrumental metal band Pelican, acknowledges the connection: "This is basically our country album," he says. Considering that both songs run more than 20 minutes and lack not only prominent melodies but also any trace of country music, he might be kidding. But the self-released Gmaj7 really is the most accessible Chord record yet. The group's early efforts were "really obtuse and often discordant," says de Brauw. "At some point we decided we wanted to do something a little bit more pastoral and pleasing to listen to—Gmaj7 perfectly captures that." Gmaj7 also includes drumming—a first for the group—by Pat Samson, formerly of U.S. Maple. The album is out now digitally, and will soon be pressed in a vinyl run of 300, with cover art by local gig-­poster gurus Delicious Design League; you can buy both versions through Chord's Bandcamp page.

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