A Dallas trio, THE SECRET MACHINES, decide they need a challenge, so they set off for New York City without much money, sharing a loft with their gear. Without the ways or means to do much else, they woodshed, developing the songs for their full-length debut, NOW HERE IS NOWHERE (Reprise). The result is one of those musical thrill rides, full of the unexpected twists and turns that spring only from creative isolation. While rooted in a retro seventies sound, touching on disparate influences like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Brian Eno, Krautrockers Neu and Can, even prog rockers like Hawkwind, the Machines somehow craft something modern and wholly original. Melodic, propulsive, bombastic, yet buoyed with an indie-rock spirit, Now Here is an out-of-no-where delight.

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