Saturday 29 July 2017
Arcane Atlas - Constellation Plus (2015)
The debut album from this US band.
Arcane Atlas is a trio with a lineup of guitar, bass, drums and vocals.
The band has so far released two albums. Both will be reviewed here/you will find the review of their second album somewhere else in this blog.
It is a bit strange and not so good that they have got no reviews in ProgArchives and in most other prog web magazines and blogs. Bands like this one deserve reviews and attention. Good or bad reviews.
ProgArchives list Rush, Steely Dan, Yes, The Beatles and Pink Floyd as comparisons. I would only include Rush and The Beatles here, based on this one hour long album.
There is also a lot of college music here and some subtle jazz influences.
The sound and music is youtful and idealistic. The music is based on harmonies and slightly quirky rhythm-structures. Both guitars and vocal harmonies.
And the band succeed in this. Partly succeed in this.
Their sound and music is a bit naked. The music reveals that this is a trio..... indeed. The music is not the most exciting. Youthful, yes. Exciting.. no.
The end result is somewhere between a decent and a good album. The band has something going here. But they need to start to write good songs and some good tunes. Pronto.