Soundcheck: Local Man Ruins Everything - Local Man Ruins Everything 

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The best Local Man Ruins Everything music video is the one painted by the mind’s eye. Certainly, a talented visual artist could do wonders with the instrumental fusion band’s euphoric sounds, but that would encroach on the purity of Local Man. Even with no words, the music speaks for itself.

Comprised of some of the most virtuosic and sought-after musicians one is bound to find in Oklahoma City, the tight-knit group blends highly technical shades of jazz, progressive metal, and math rock to create musical fireworks. The trio’s long-awaited self-titled debut album packs its seven tracks with robust, waterfall-fluid electric guitar work, intricate drum kit rhythms, and low-end slap from a bass guitar reputed to have more strings than a hand has fingers. The performers pull every bit of mileage they can out of their core instruments, spanning a range from heavy to delicate with deft grace.

For all of the care put into its outside-the-box creativity, Local Man Ruins Everything was released in September without fanfare, which may seem unusual for anyone not too acquainted with the band’s laissez-faire approach to promotion. While it’s always a challenge to market complicated time signatures and lyricless songs to a broader audience, the group seems to have a more philosophical angle at times. Local Man is not one to make a fuss to convince people that its music is accomplished and worthy of appreciative listening because truly great music already does that by virtue of its existence. It trusts the quality of its craftsmanship.

Between its thoughtfully-paced composition and unintrusive mixing, Local Man Ruins Everything gives plenty of air for its dazzling, complex performances to breathe. Like a fidget toy, it provides peace of mind and spirit through its polyrhythmic sense of release, except it feeds the mind’s eye not merely to satisfy but to elevate. It is, in the truest sense of the word, spectacular.

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