Genres: Post-rock, Math rock, Experimental, Emo, Jazz
Really digging these guys right off the bat from Florida. They are a self-proclaimed "experimental/jazz/rock" band, but I am having a hard time hearing the jazz part of this. I'm sure the use of improvisation and experimentation could be somewhat of a use of jazz, but without the syncopation, blues notes, and swing note it just doesn't really sound like jazz. I feel like they are more of a "experimental/post-rock/math rock" band. But what they want to call themselves isn't really important, right?
Jazz or no jazz, these guys are smart and do a lot of things right with their music. They seem to flow/write really well together and the music is really catchy for me. I could see that maybe they want to distance themselves from the crowded "math rock" genre, and I wouldn't blame them. It's hard to set yourself apart from other bands in a fairly saturated genre, but if you do then more props to you. These guys kept me interested right from the get go, and that's all I needed, and the use of different instruments (xylo, horns), effects along with what they already got going on is a big plus.
I'm having a really hard time trying to express what I want to say. Hopefully you at least give it a listen and see for yourself.
StreamPad: Mini Prophets - "The Lonely Book"