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Tall Ships – “T=0” May 24, 2012

Posted by gwyoung in Music, Track Reviews.
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Tall Ships‘ latest single, “T=0”, is “math rock” at its finest, and not just because of the algebraic equation-solving title or the fact that its lyrics include a line about space they fill being “infinitesimal”. The loop-based, arpeggiated guitar stabs that drive the song sound at once both chaotic and precisely controlled, while the gradual layering of washed-out reverb, ghostly voices, and eventually verse and chorus shows a clear, logical progression from start to finish, forming together a brief but powerful song perfectly representative of the paradoxes inherent in mathematics. “T=0” is a song full of contradictions, just as the zeroes confront the infinities in the world of calculus, and thus serves as an excellent example of the philosophical essence of this sub-genre of rock & roll.

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