What's New

March 20th, 2015

-- New MV "Old Mill Park" premiere on Grounds Sounds! Please check it out :)

March 6th, 2015

-- Have you listened to KQED Arts "To Do List" yesterday? See you all tomorrow at Cafe Underwood!

March 4th, 2015

-- "Old Mill Park" EP is available now! It has been introduced on DeliSF, This is Book's Music and Largehearted Boy

February 25th, 2015

-- Premiere & Interview for the new EP posted on The Bay Bridged! Check out the track "Dog Named Bart" there!

February 4th, 2015

-- Biography page updated for "Old Mill Park."

January 20th, 2015

-- Website design updated for the new year & new EP. Hopefully you will like it!

June 3rd, 2014

-- Our Uncorked TV appearance is available on Video Page

May 16th, 2014

-- Our interview with SF Weekly is on their Music Blog!

February 19th, 2014

-- Our new EP has been mastered! We are so looking forward to revealing more information about it....

-- We are one of the artists chosen as "Staff Picks" this week (till 2/26) on Brite Revolution!

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In his head, Gabriel Montana Leis heard the compositions that would form If.. being played on flugelhorn. So he learned  the instrument. AndMie Araki morphed from a classically-trained percussionist into a kit and moog player for this album. But even with the Magik*Magik Orchestra adding violins and cello, If… is more than “chamber pop.” It isn’t quite full-on classical, either. This ambitious array of sounds ends up most easily fitting the “progressive” label.

Tidelands radiates a sort of innocence; it feels about 30 years out of time. Some of the tracks would go very well with latter-day Pink Floyd and Gabriel-era Genesis. Amulet, for instance, spreads rivulets of acoustic guitar over slightly ominous electric waves and modest sound effects. If you’re troubled by intermittent dissonance, or by frequent shifts in rhythm, If… may not be your cuppa chamomile. As a guilty-as-charged, intermittent-prog.-appreciator, I find it refreshing, stimulating, and likely to induce daydreaming. It doesn’t sound much like anything else that’s come out this year. If I’m wrong, and you know anything quite like it, I hope you’ll tell me.

And, jeez, with the dust from Comic Con still settling hereabouts, the images in the Holy Grail video aren’t seeming particularly unusual. No, I didn’t go. But kids dressed up as medieval characters and adults waxing happily, unabashedly geeky were popping up hither and yon, and a few of my friends are whistling happy little fantasy/sci-fi tunes after the experience.

Holy Grail is a little more Dungeons ‘n’ Dragons (invade your local diner?) than my If… faves, which include an exquisite four minutes &  51 seconds called Sixes and Sevens and the stimulating journey to be had with Marigolds.

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