Band: Lucas Lee
CD Title: Acceptance of Gravitational Collapsing Manifestations
Label: Independent Release (2017)
This is album number four for Canadian multi-instrumentalist Lucas Lee and this time he’s working with drummer percussionist Marco Minnemann. The album’s title, Acceptance of Gravitational Collapsing Manifestations besides being a mouthful to say, is an attempt to capture the album’s story about the state and corporations quest for power and those who dare to fight against it. Fortunately I was able to read about the plotline in the promo material, it would have been a good idea to include that premise in the liner notes, but perhaps that’s for next time. Musically this is somewhat challenging stuff. Referring again to the promo material the music is identified as instrumental Progressive Rock Fusion and certainly that’s not wrong as this is clearly what I would call Avant Prog, full of complex angularity and dissonance all performed with a jazzy sensibility. I liked how Lee took each composition and then identified the various genre influences that went into that particular piece. For example the first track, “Intro: Dawn of the Black Sun” [1:53] shows the influences being Ambient, Modern Classical, Fusion and Progressive Rock. Then you have a track like “Outro: Sanctuary” [2:15] influenced by Modern Classical and Instrumental Rock/Pop. It’s a nice touch to see so clearly the foundations of a tune laid out this way. As you listen through these thirteen selections you’ll discover influences raging from Ambient to Progressive Metal. There’s a little bit of everything here. It’s worth mentioning again that this is complex music that is ever changing and full of dynamic contrasts, busy and intense one minute and pastoral and floating the next. All that space that would normally be filled with vocals, here is filled with instrumental performance. But rather than simply fill that space with an intricate number of notes, Lee has filled it with lots of performance ideas and not all of it is fast and furious. All of which makes for some attentive listening. It’s intriguing stuff and I’d certainly recommend fans of the Avant Prog genre check it out, but you know I think there something here for fans of band’s like Rush too so…by all means…check it out.