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I'm A Star In My Own Right
The Emptiest Place
LUCID DREAM, THE
HOLY ARE YOU RECORDINGS
LP version. Carlisle blue vinyl. Edition of 300.
is the third album from Carlisle's
The Lucid Dream
. After their critically acclaim of their self-titled second album (HAY 007CD, 2015), The Lucid Dream venture into new pastures again. On
, pulling away from the pack is the order of the day, and the ideas on show here reaffirm the many claims that The Lucid Dream are one of the most important, diverse and exciting bands in the UK at present.
is a demonstration of the band's skill in binding the sounds of their broadening musical palette through their unifying song craft. Recorded at Whitewood Studios, Liverpool, with
, the album is produced alongside long-time collaborator
(Ghost Town Studios, Leeds). Recent single "Bad Texan" sees the band move into dancefloor meets krautrock territory. The krautrock/kosmiche groove is also present alongside new wave in the two-part opus "Nadir"/"Epitaph". "21st Century" is quite appropriately the nearest the band get to a protest song, a two-minute white noise/garage/rockabilly blast, inspired by a heavy dose of
listening. Elsewhere, the bustling of "The Emptiest Place" is
meets '60s L.A, "Stormy Waters" bows to the melodies of
The Stone Roses
, warping them with a sinister twist in the vein of
. The album's showpiece however comes via the eight-minute space-dub of "I'm A Star In My Own Right", as the band hit a full on Kingston, Jamaica dub/groove, set as it is to contorting, reverb-fueled passages.
follows 2015's critically acclaimed second album, which gained plaudits from Drowned In Sound (who named the album #7 UK album of the year), Uncut, Q, Clash, Louder Than War and The Skinny. "Mona Lisa", the opening track from the album, was also included in The Observer's "Critics Favourite Tracks Of 2015" playlist.
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