Fifth Lucky Dragon is a band from Bloomington, IN that recently released Asymmetric. The songwriter Louis Imperiale explains the term asymmetric is used to describe the condition of struggling to find equilibrium between the way one feels and the way one expresses how they feel.
The songs to my ears felt largely electronic from the drums to the airy synth. Perhaps even more important however is that most of the songs seemed to have a very club oriented feel. The lead synths that are implemented, the auto-tune, etc. I’d go as far as to say that some of the songs even had a distinct European club feel to them. On that note sometimes Miami came into my mind as well.
Take for instance the opening track “Decaying Halo.” The song could easily be playing in a dance club where the music is intensely loud, drinks are overpriced and the patrons are all good looking.
Up next is “Time & Time Again” which is another dance worthy song. Imperiale is on the verge of rapping here but not quite. At any rate it worked with the song. There was a part I wasn’t expecting where the song breaks down with haunting cello.
“Panoramic Paranoia” is perfect for the club but also contains plenty of inventive production elements. The bass is very low in the mix and reminded me of Drake. There are some songs which are not club oriented such as “Sam You Old Boy” which is a fairly straightforward pop song with piano. The smooth and ethereal “Closest I Can Get” is an atmospheric closer that ends on a high note.
Asymmetric is a good album. I thought the songs had notable hooks and memorable melodies. Recommended.
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