Lost World Band: Of Things and Beings
I've said this before and will no doubt say it again, the number of bands producing quality music these days is phenomenal. Lost World Band hail from Russia and is another band that has passed by my radar until hearing their fifth release Of Things and Beings. It might be the case of too much of a good thing as so many of these bands remain relatively unknown. Such is our little corner of the world called progressive rock.
As far as history of the band they released their first album Trajectories in 2003 so they are certainly veterans in the progressive genre. After five albums one would expect the playing to be good and this band doesn't disappoint. There have been a few changes to the band's lineup over the years with their current formation being Andy Didorenko (guitars, violins, keyboards, vocals), Vassili Soloviev (flute), Konstantin Shtirlitz (drums) and Alexander Akimov (percussion).
Their musical style is clearly centered around Didorenko as guitars, violins and keyboards are very prevalent to their sound. The playing is very impressive, taking classical influences and molding them into progressive rock that is uniquely their own. The flute is also an integral component adding plenty of colour to their sound palette.
The first track "Shapes and Objects" is a four part piece traversing shifting tempo changes and varying moods ranging from pastoral to heavier progressive rock. Many of these pieces are built upon violin rhythms, sometimes playful, other times more forceful. The instruments play off one another, be it flute, guitar, bass or violin and the music can get quite complex. The violin work in "When the Time is Still" is really cool traveling back and forth between speakers and the lead vocals are exceptionally melodic. One of the quirkiest tunes is the short "Death of Mr. Winter" with processed vocals and metallic bursts of guitar and keyboards hitting your ears with what seems at all conceivable angles. More highlights include the up-tempo "Watchbird" featuring hard rocking guitar, fusion elements and a great bass line and the lovely flute and acoustic filled pastoral beauty of "Simple As".
Of Things and Beings is another excellent example of the high quality of progressive music coming out of Russia these days. I think progressive music fans will get their money's with this one. Recommended.
1. Shapes and Objects:
i. Random Objects in the Sun
ii. Moving Dots
iii. Water Circles
iv. Time Squares
2. When the Time is Still
3. Death of Mr. Winter
5. Of Things and Beings
7. Simple As:
8. The Structure of Madness
9. On Thin Ice
Added: January 29th 2017
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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