The spirit of 80's Rush is alive and well within the confines of Colorado's Singularity. The bands debut CD is a tight collection of progressive rock tunes that features intricate rhythms, spacey keyboards, and chunky guitar work. Singer/bassist Andrew Goldhawk has a voice very similar to Geddy Lee, and also plays in a very muscular and melodic bass style as well. While not the most original of styles, I found Color of Space to be enjoyable, especially since Rush hasn't recorded anything as exciting as this in years.
The opening track "Ripple in Time" is an upbeat rocker with bubbling synths and crisp guitar work, hightened by catchy vocals and intricate arrangements. "Mars Direct" also has some complex and clever arrangements, as does "Ebb and Flow", which is a lengthy piece featuring great drumming by Jamie McGregor and loads of symphonic keyboards from John Green. "Strange Attraction" is a heavier tune that allows guitarist Matt Zafiratos to really shine, as he injects a ripping solo between his chunky riffs. The mealticket however is the almost 16-minute "Lenses", a great track that has complex playing, atmosphere, and effective vocals. The band does a great job with the longer song format, and I dare anyone to find a Rush tune in the last 15 years that is this adventurous.
While I hate to harp on the Rush influence, I urge any fan of that band to check out Singularity. Despite the obvious comparisons, these guys also have a lot more to offer. The keyboard player John Green is a great talent, and the rest of the band extremely solid. For a great combination of complex and melodic neo-prog with classic Rush leanings, you can't go wrong here.
Editor's Note: Andrew Goldhawk has since left Singularity, and the group is performing as a trio for their upcoming CD.