Pyra­mid of the Sun (Tem­po­rary Res­i­dence

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It’s a for­mula so sim­ple that it’s a won­der it took a band so long to come up with it. Take the heavy key­boards of Jan Ham­mer’s 1980s TV themes, pair them with the shim­mer­ing gui­tars of Ex­plo­sions in the Sky’s ma­jes­tic in­stru­men­tal rock, and lay it all down on a bed of re­lent­less beats from Gior­gio Moroder’s fu­tur­is­tic disco. The re­sult is a rocket launch of in­stru­men­tal com­po­si­tions that will have you find­ing fifth gear on your car be­fore you reach the end of your block. It took Maserati a long time to come up with this for­mula: the group started off as a fairly ba­sic prog act be­fore find­ing this des­ti­na­tion on its road map. Part of that has to do with drum­mer Jerry Fuchs, who joined the band in 2007 but passed away dur­ing the mak­ing of Pyra­mid. His ki­netic work forms the foun­da­tion of the al­bum — his kick drum of­ten finds the right dance groove, while his high-hat of­fers more com­plex rhythms for in­ter­play be­tween the key­boards and gui­tars. The whole pack­age comes to­gether on the eight-minute “Oax­aca,” which in­tro­duces the ag­gres­sive psychedelia of late-pe­riod Pink Floyd to a mix of pro­gres­sive disco. Check out Maserati now be­fore the band lands a TV theme or winds up pro­vid­ing mu­sic for the next Grand Theft Auto video game. — Robert B. Ker

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