Music is a power unlike any other. Forms of artistic expression, as varied as the moments in a day, bear with them an ability to change society and to change the way we think as one. The guys in Papadosio - Ohio natives via the creative playground of Athens - would say that music can end the illusion of separation we’ve imposed on ourselves. Thankfully, they chose to spread that message by way of an incredible, sprawling double-disc album released last year. T.E.T.I.O.S. - To End The Illusion of Separation - is a masterwork culled from the experiences of a band that cut its teeth performing improvisational electronic music our fair state. The band - Mike Healy, Robert McConnell, Billy Brouse, Sam Brouse and Anthony Thogmartin - now calls Asheville, N.C., home. But Papadosio still seem to hail primarily from the road. Familiar with the summer festie circuit, including their own Rootwire Festival, they fill out robust tour schedules seemingly every season. More so than geography, though, is how far the band has come musically. For instance, what might be known as the Bionic Man Suite on the album encompasses a galaxy of emotions and moods. Rounding out a healthy portion of the album’s first disc, this seven-song constellation reels in road-tested classics like “Method of Control” and places them within a tidal pool of new tunes like “Puddles for Oceans.” Everything contained within is top-notch playing. The layering throughout the album demonstrates how meticulously each band members works in crafting his music. That’s been a trait of the band from the beginning. The fall of 2007 saw the release of the band’s debut album, Margreenery. The music they wrote and performed at that time became an Athens institution, leading to late-night chill sessions in apartment living rooms and dorms across the city for years. And as the band found success among the cultural exploration of Ohio University and the foothills of Appalachia, they broadened their horizons and began to tour the state and region. Whether via the brick-lined streets of Athens or the dedicated fanbase that trekked alongside them to shows, the band has always maintained a firm commitment to the people who have tuned in. Those shows at OU in the early days - at places like the Blue Gator and Jackie O’s - were touchstone experiences for both the band and the fans. Those live shows inevitably spawned the Margreenery material and fed an appetite for delicate production values. Along the way there has been considerable growth - T.E.T.I.O.S. may be rightfully described as a full-grown, rather mature album - and the seeds of everything the band has done can be found tucked among the early recording on Margreenery. The frenetic stylings of the title track foreshadow fervent groundswells in later tunes like “Garden.” And the live show - the live show! - is the hallmark of the Papadosio experience. Check them out; be a part of the (r)evolution.
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