New Bubblemath album


hit the surface
June 2022!


Here's what the critics are saying about Turf Ascension:

“Very well-crafted meticulous arrangements that are very complex, but are very pleasing to the ears. … This is one of the most incredible bands that most people have never heard of. If you’re a prog rock fan, I highly recommend Turf Ascension as well as their first two albums.”
—Pete Pardo, Sea of Tranquility

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Turf Ascension | Release Circuit 2022

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Who is Bubblemath?

Blake Albinson, James Flagg, Kai Esbensen, Jay Burritt, Jonathan G. Smith



Turf Ascension

June 2022

Blake Albinson : Guitar
Jay Burritt : Bass
Kai Esbensen : Keyboards, vocals
James Flagg : Drums, vocals
Jonathan G. Smith : Vocals, guitar

Bubblemath’s new album, Turf Ascension, is the finest progressive-rock album you’re ever going to read.

This is not to short-change the music on this four-song, 49-minute collection of shifting time signatures, swirling vocal harmonies, interstellar guitars, and rippling keyboard flourishes.

Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bubblemath have taken full advantage of their hometown’s long winter nights to hone a singular style that’s at once thrilling, enthralling, and technically demanding on multiple levels. Including the lyrical content.

“In so much of the music that I love, the lyrics come across like they were just kind of chucked in as an afterthought”, says keyboard player and chief lyricist Esbensen. I can roll with that for the most part, but the more I like a song’s music, the sadder I get when the lyrics don’t measure up. So I just want to make sure that the lyrics for Bubblemath deserve the music of Bubblemath.”

“With this record, we really allowed ourselves to develop themes,” Esbensen contends. “If you listen to our first record, or even Edit Peptide, it’s like we have this mantra of, ‘Why repeat something four times if you can get away with only three?’ That kind of thing. ‘Why give the listener a chance to get bored? Switch it up! Keep it going!’ And with Turf Ascension, we were like, ‘Well, what if we just lingered on stuff longer, and built out the themes?’ Before, we would have gone, ‘Well, we can’t, in case it gets boring.’ But here the followup question was, ‘Okay, well, what if we just work really hard to not make it boring?’. Switching up the themes quickly in order to hold listener interest is obviously our comfort zone. So it was a fun challenge to let the themes evolve and flow in a way that we really haven’t ever done before.”

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Edit Peptide

May 2017

Fifteen years in the making, Minnesota eclectic prog / avant-pop / art-math quintet Bubblemath's sophmore sequence, Edit Peptide, provides a worthwhile wait with its non-formulaic formula of lively textures, wacky and virtuosic musicianship, hypnotically robust vocals and charmingly astute attitude. Blending in-your-face intricacy with eccentric experimentation, dense and poppy harmonies, symphonic vibrancy and tongue-in-cheek foundation, Bubblemath are clever and musicially intricate, but despite their loyal adherence to high information-density compositional constructs, they make serious and seriously quirky music that doesn't take itself too seriously and allows the fun to shine through. (from the Edit Peptide press release, Cuneiform Records)

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Such Fine Particles of the Universe

December 2001

Avant prog-pop jazzcore. Constantly changing odd meters; dynamic song structures and textures; vocal harmonies; unexpected melodies, chord changes, and harmonic voicings; quality lyrics; quirky humor.

Recorded and mixed by Alex Oana, these fine debut particles won "Best Eclectic Recording" at the 2002 Minnesota Music Awards. How eclectic!


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