Queen Crescent

I've never been much of a believer in the mixing of flutes and rock n' roll. On this point, I'm a pretty strict segregationist. It's a perfectly fine instrument, it just doesn't belong next to a guitar solo. If you need proof, try getting through Jethro Tull's Thick as a Brick. Yeah, I know, it's impossible.

Oakland's Queen Crescent, however, pulls off the combination quite well in their song "Zodiacal Woman." The fact that their '70s proto-metal guitar riffs loom so imposingly large no doubt helps to balance out the diaphanous flute support, and the band successfully emphasizes the sharp contrast between a pounding, heavy rhythm section and the song's more ethereal qualities. It's a delicate tightrope act, but Queen Crescent manages it without faltering once.

The accompanying video is suitably eerie as well. Sparse and suggestive, full of seance imagery and cloaked figures, the images creep along perfectly with the crushing groove.