Aluminum Lake [Drag City]

The brainchild of Tim Green—guitarist for the F***ing Champs—Concentrick specializes in an eclectic instrumental mélange of ambient, metal, kraut-rock, and straight-up riff rock. But whereas Green’s other outfit tends to go headlong into sprawling excess, Concentrick’s Aluminum Lake is a remarkably focused and tuneful statement that manages to careen in and out of lovely acoustic guitar/piano numbers, harmonized chicanery that would make Trevor Rabin double-take, and, of course, some punishing riffage. Green’s guitar arrangements are epic, and his tones are always provocative, and even more amazingly, he deftly manages to stay away from anything resembling noodly goofy-ass prog rock.
—Darrin Fox