Let us consider the sources of inspiration of the New York band Consider the Source. At the root of its distinctive sci-fi Middle Eastern fusion are the father, son and holy ghost of six-string, face-of-God-seekers Robert Fripp, John McLaughlin and Debashish Bhattacharya. In an extramundane melodic pursuit predicated on virtuosic ability, they play as if the fate of man relies on their ability to translate complex messages from a rude Buddha. For all their fret-board and percussive wizardry, the members of Consider the Source aren’t immune from the demands of flesh: Their varied compositional styles strive to make physical connections with the listener to drive home subliminal messages of spirituality. The end result sounds like Primus playing Claude Debussy covers with Meshuggah, Bimalendu Mukherjee and Eric Dolphy — without the potty humor. Consider the Source plays Thursday, May 15, at the Camel with Elephant Wrecking Ball. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $7. thecamel.org.
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