By Marc Vera
Updated October 10, 2005 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Remember the rush you got the first time you heard Pink Floyd, TheWho, or Queen? Well, get ready — because Pilotdrift, an unassuming band from Texas,of all places, give those musical titans a run for theirmoney. With Freddie Mercury-like vocals over orchestral prog melodies, you’ll swear they wereborn in the wrong decade. “Water Sphere” is one of the most musicallysublime albums of the year, layered with synthesizers, Kelly Carr’s stunning voice, and asong about a cannibal (always a plus!). Listen to ”Caught in My Trap,” about said flesh-eater, and ”Elephant Island,” adepressing ode to those who stayed behind during Shackleton’s Expedition inAntarctica. Vicious, yet stunning.

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