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Hylozoists

07-May-2007 11:48 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Hylozoists Casper and the Cookies
Tranzac in Toronto, Ontario Hylozoists
Casper and the Cookies
May 3, 2007
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (18 photos)

The Hylozoists are an ensemble made up of a variable number of musicians and that play almost entirely instrumental pieces. The music is classically inspired post-rock fronted by Paul Aucoin and his vibraphone and xylophone, a violin, a pair of drum kits, a bass, a guitar, and all flanked by keyboards on either side. It's certainly not your typically indie music night out, but it is an experience due to the dense music and mesmerizing play of the mallets on the vibraphone.

Hylozoists
Hylozoists
Hylozoists

If you're like me, you may not have realized that hylozoist is a word straight from the dictionary, rather than a made up name like I had assumed. So not only did this band play some mind expanding music, they also expanded my vocabulary by one word. A hylozoist is a person that believes in hylozoism, which is the doctrine that all matter has life.

Hylozoists
Hylozoists
Hylozoists

With almost the entire audience sitting, the feel of the room was incredibly subdued. But unlike many crowds in venues like this, it seemed everyone was watching and listening intently rather than chatting with their friends at the back. It's hard for me to imagine how a band this size manages to organize practice or even pull together a night on stage, but their arrangement proves they do. They have just the right amount of tight timing coupled with loose sequencing to appeal to music lovers in the right frame of mind.

Hylozoists
Hylozoists
Hylozoists

Casper and the Cookies

This is the second time I've run into Casper and the Cookies, the first time being when they opened for Apples In Stereo at Lee's Palace back in February. They put on a fun show and, on top of that, they have a song called Learn How to Disappear that has a bit of a 70's feel to it that I like. I spoke with Jim (guitar) briefly after the set who mentioned that they love playing in Toronto. Yes, I realize every band says this, but this group actually backed up that statement by playing here at least 3 times since February. I see their albums are available on eMusic.com (yes, my favourite site for purchasing music), so I think it's time I picked up their latest offering.

Casper and the Cookies
Casper and the Cookies
Casper and the Cookies

Casper and the Cookies
Casper and the Cookies
Casper and the Cookies

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