Mengis anticipates such a potential appraisal in the interview snippets the season the disc's liners. In his own words, life changes and fresh extra-musical obligations necessitated a simplification of process. Where previous efforts reveled in galvanizing long-form explorations, the pieces here are more modest in size but remain ambitious in scope. Mengis still taps diverse sources -"The Opposite of Spring" contains a cell phone ring tone capture of the bell collars on a herd of goats he encountered during an alpine hike- and patterns but their application does carry quite the same galvanizing punch. The telegraphing of intent is also a bit more obvious this time around. Presaging the action on End Of A Record Breaker" and Bling Bling Cowboy" and erupting in even more florid fashion on the fist-pumping Sustain the Gain", Stoffner's frenzied fret play ends up feeling overwrought more often than not. Friedli's interlocking rhythms also stray dangerously close to constrictively metronomic in places.
These tendencies were true of the band's past entries as well and the arguable missteps don't diminish the musicianship at their foundation. Mengis' compositions are well-served from a technical standpoint. Luscious Delirium" features an extended cool-toned trumpet solo by the leader and several other pieces involve mellifluous chamber counterpoint by Suhner and Fle, most notably the closing We Come in Peace". The ungainly titled How Mario Tut Tut Got Super Wow Wow" echoes its video game inspiration through hectic prog funk hurdles that the players clear convincingly as a team. Compared to Gruppe 6's first two outings this third feels the weakest of the three, but it's still a worthwhile listen for those on safari for up-to-the-minute post-fusion sounds.