It’s been nearly two years since Hannibal Montana’s last release, and it’s definitely been worth the wait.
In the likely case that you’ve never heard of them before, Hannibal Montana is a masterful blend of post-rock, math rock, and progressive jazz. Its hard to believe that they only have three members when you first hear them because it’s far too complex for it to be conveniently conceivable. “28-20 EP” is their third release after two full length albums, and they’ve stated on their facebook page that a third full-length album is on the horizon for later this year.
The opening track of “28-20” Shows you what you’re in for from the very beginning. From the math rock, to the noise and chaos, to the bass solo (!), it’s almost like a 7-minute anthology of the EP itself. Almost being the key word. There’s no feasible way to actually sample everything in this EP with just one song, which is why there are five. It sways everywhere from Reggae influences in “Tales From The Cryptic” to sheer insanity in “X”.
“28-20” is everything an EP should be: It’s short and sweet, it whets your appetite for their music, and gets you excited for their upcoming full length album. I’ve listened to this EP three consecutive times and I still can’t find anything wrong with it. The recording itself is top notch, the continuity is smoother than Sean Connery, even the artwork is unique and intriguing. All I can say is 2013 ended with a bang, and it didn’t happen in Times Square.
10 out of 10 sad birds.