Founded by guitarist Paul Lai almost two decades ago, the ever-morphing Upsilon Acrux has been described by Thurston Moore as “amazing” and by Nels Cline as “some of the most detailed compositions I have ever heard.” Inspired initially by King Crimson, among others – 1999’s debut album was titled In the Acrux of the Upsilon King – the band is now its own inscrutable beast. Hyper-complex, brutally dense, Upsilon employs two drummers, clean guitar tones, Rhodes piano and horns, in the service of polyrhythmic compositions that twist, turn, squirm, and confound. Upsilon Acrux should dazzle fans of bands like Don Caballero, Behold The Arctopus, and Mick Barr’s many projects, and of their predecessors in the realms of prog, krautrock, and free jazz.
“… a stunning example of both virtuosity and clever composition … amazing, and amazingly consistent.”
All Music Guide
“… free jazz and hardcore fusion dominated by an astonishing kind of Splatter Prog … inexhaustible musical invention,
from high speed guitar and percussion pile-ups to free jazz blowouts and Ambient pieces interrupted by blasts of furious activity.”
“The spirit of hardcore and post-rock with the complexity of classical compositions.”