This band’s name gives us a sneak peek into what kind of music they are going to hypnotize us with. Chrono Stellaris manages to do just that, with their classic rock foundation and new age effects and psych rock influences, we are hypnotized as we glide through songs with titles like “Spring,” “Summer,” “Gone Again” and “On Ice.”
Seasons is the Evansville, IN band’s debut album, and they admit it is about changing and evolving and a bit of self-discovery. There is an infusion of folk rock and a genuine acoustic feel to some of the songs. The track “Summer” starts off with a dreamy guitar melody and then the female lead vocalist chimes in to sing about a relationship that seems to be slowly crumbling, “his mind is wandering, she waits her turn…they met in spring time…but it’s warmer.” In between the lyrics the guitars and percussion meld a beautiful and high-energy beat that makes you want to close your eyes and throw your head back. All the while, the song is uplifting but still carries an air of sadness, “they met like rainclouds in stormy weather.”
In contrast to some of the metaphoric lyrics of the songs, there are a few that tell a story with pure skill of sound and instrument. Sometimes this is the most effective way of evoking feeling. The track “Chrysalis” is completely acoustic and makes me feel motivated, cautious and invincible all at the same time. The song slowly builds with interesting effects and a sleepy piano tune before the guitar and high hat drums bring you to an epic closure.
Despite being recorded in multiple places, the album holds an air of quality in production that lets the music shine at its full potential. Their style is also very unique because it is vaguely familiar, but received in a whole new light. The classic rock influences are prevalent while the method of delivery is refreshing. Chrono Stellaris has clearly mastered the seasons and their album is a satisfying listen.
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