Artist: Tera Melos
Search Term: "Slurry"
The noodly proficiency of jazz-tinged rock trio Tera Melos makes "A Spoonful of Slurry" sound like an excerpt from one of Phish's hours-long jams, divorced entirely from the anchoring pop surroundings that would help the listener make sense of it. It's not unpleasant, mind you; it just ricochets all over the place very quickly, hastily scribbling a single lick and then scooting off in a tangentially-related direction for a few more seconds and so on in that mildly disorienting fashion. The band possesses a studied sense of interplay that keeps the song from sounding random, though, and they're wise enough to keep the production trickery to a minimum, letting the instruments make their own case. Nick Reinhart's guitar is especially talky, but as I say, the arrangement is kept refreshingly simple for such a complicated song. Had Tera Melos been around in the mid-'80s, they would have fit snugly into the SST Records lineup with the dexterous likes of the Minutemen and the Meat Puppets. (And in the '90s they would have sued SST for unpaid royalties.)