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.
“The spirit of hardcore and post-rock with the complexity of classical compositions.” VICE