Influenced by bands like Pink Floyd (particularly their earliest works), Led Zeppelin, as well as The Beach Boys and The Cure for their vocal harmonies, and even modern day Tool and some grunge elements, this is Pure Reason Revolution's first single CD.
It clocks in at a little over 12 minutes; blending numerous musical statements, from the Celtic folk parts to semi-electronic and analog synth work, to ambient atmospherics, to both male and female harmonies often sung in counterpoint, to classic rock guitar nuances. The song starts off with subtle keyboards while you can hear lots of sample sounds happening in the background. Far back in the mix, female vocalists hum wordless melodies before a heavier synth layer is introduced. This is followed by a very folky segment mixed with ambience and could make for a great movie soundtrack. The ambience generated by the keyboards is a testimony to the band's love for Pink Floyd. However, as the four-part harmonies kick off, the song turns into post-pop tune with great melodic sensibility. The multi-vocals take a back seat when the first chorus hits the tune with a very repetitive lyrical approach sung by deep, clean male vocals. Eventually the melody reaches its end and another lengthy instrumental section follows with lots of wind effects and sparse synth notes flying around. A grungy Tool can be felt before male and female vocals begin to sing in counterpoint and lead into the second big chorus that is repeated over and over until the last second of the piece.
It is hard to judge a band by a single track. But what I've heard on this 12-minute piece suggests this band may want to focus a bit harder on songwriting. Otherwise the avid Floyd, Zeppelin or The Cure fans may question their validity. It's great they want to mix all these genres, but doing it right is more important.
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