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Led by the exuberant melodies of cross-tapping guitarist Marcos Mena, the duo named standards make ebullient instrumental math-rock whose effervescent riffs teem with enthusiasm for life and music. On the band's debut full-length, Fruit Island, standards deftly retool math-rock's sinister and challenging tendencies into a style that is at once danceable yet still compositionally profound. Drummer Forrest Rice's precise chops ferociously complement Mena's unpredictable melodies, grounding the unusual self-dueling riffs while also respecting the compositional space with tasteful fills and immaculate syncopations.
On Fruit Island's lead single, "Special Berry," the duo blends simplicity and complexity into a charming jaunt of nimble fingertapping and agile between-the-lines drumming. Mena's energetic melodies contort and twist expertly into Rice's bouncing ferocity, the springy grooves of which are equally attention demanding and rewarding.
In spite of the band's technical and precise stylings, the strictly instrumental compositions are always catchy and singable, inviting listeners to join the band's dancing fruit mascots whose colorful personalities reflect the music's upbeat nature. Fruit Island's second single, "May," perfectly captures the duo's fruity alternate universe, conjuring images of anthropomorphic melons and berries bobbing along to pleasantly angular riffs and chop-heavy drums. On "Starfish," standards again strike their signature compositional balance with equal parts intensity and restraint, representing Fruit Island's essence with a constant stream of excitable, succinct passages.