By: Polyrhythmics
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"Chelada” by the Polyrhythmics is a spicy melange of flavors that combines middle eastern tonalities over a simple, but heavy groove. The band veers away from traditional compositional tactics by keeping the rhythm section at the forefront with horns augmenting the tune. Ben Bloom (guitar) and Jason Gray (bass) carry the melody while the horns add textures through punches and swells on muted trumpet (Scott Morning), trombone (Elijah Clark) and flute (Art Brown). If you listen closely, you will hear nods to Rush’s “Tom Sawyer.” As the third single off of the band’s fifth full-length album ‘Man from the Future," the group creates different movements within singular songs as demonstrated by a transition to Karl Olson’s percussion feature over a vamp that then passes the torch to Nathan Spicer’s sparse and eerie Moog solo. The song crescendos into an epic war-like melody that is introduced by the horns and echoed by the full band.