Right about this time last year I was pouring over the genre-hopping goodness of LucidFer’s Vol 1 album looking for the best ways to try to describe their gloriously boundary free, mix of music. And here I am again with the next instalment. A lot of music that finds itself under my virtual pen follows very predictable patterns, sticks to very musically tribal templates or is a re-run of much that has gone before. Thankfully, his is not that what LucidFer does. Rather than finding myself in the “what new is there to say about this” mode of writing, the question is “where do I start?” There are certainly worse problems to have.
Reviewing Vol 2 is like tugging at a carpet, pull at one strand and you find yourself holding a thread of vibrant colour, pull another and it is of a darker hue, a third might be a blend of many contrasting tones, a fourth washed out and minimal, and so on. And so it is with the tracks found here. Grab at opening salvo Puzzle and you might be forgiven for thinking that you have picked up a rock album that revels in bluesy musical excess, draw out Little Piece of Doom and you are put in mind that the band is a bunch of nu-metallers who have got over themselves and decided to write more accessible tunes. But then if Sky River proved to be your first encounter with the album you might be convinced that you have picked up a long forgotten Beach Boy infused, underground hippy classic. Such is the ever changing and mercurial nature of this offering and what becomes obvious is that this is a band who are probably unconcerned about genres and musical demarcations because they are pretty comfortable working in any of them. How cool is that?
Remember Me is a gloriously understated piano driven ballad that slowly and gently wraps itself in musical textures, exquisite harmonies and a gentle beat but never falls for the cliche of the big musical punch, instead preferring to slowly meander towards its beautiful conclusion. Not everything is about the big pay off. As they say, it is better to travel well than to arrive and Remember Me is just such an adage writ musically.
With Me echos with some wonderfully disjointed and darker Pink Floyd leaning rhythms and chimes with the same cinematic feel that lingered between their notes and in the pauses between their words and Daywalker is another slice of the same sort of accessible-prog that turned those acid-laced Cambridge cosmonauts into, arguably, the biggest band in the world.
Vol 2. is a triumph, the first volume had set the benchmark high but thankfully they have not only maintained those standards them but exceeded them. I talk about the post-genre world a lot, some artists take this to mean that they have to forge strange new genres, conduct warped musical experiments and replace the past. LucidFer’s wonderful creations remind us that a better approach is to revisit existing genres…all of them…and just be inspired by them to create music which is wonderfully familiar whilst also being beautifully fresh and original.