The songs from The Thick Blue Glass by Limbo Face aka Dylan Brazauskas was inspired by his experiences while waiting for his fiancé to get a heart transplant. I read about this and was very interested to hear the lyrics. To my surprise this is an instrumental album so it was next to impossible to decipher any type of concrete message or meaning that he was trying to convey.
His music is diverse and ambitious. I thought his best moments were the most experimental. Some of those moments are heard on the first track “Rose’s Heart.” The song starts off strong with dissonant chords and a sense of escalation. It’s very repetitive and becomes an atmospheric track that turns light and pretty. I didn’t think the song needed to go on as long as it did which is an issue that surfaces on a couple of other songs as well.
“Eternivator” has a very different vibe which veers towards prog and psychedelic rock. The lo-fi quality of the songs starts to emerge. I can’t say that I was a fan of the programmed drum sound but distortion of the guitar sounded solid.
“You'll Wake Up (Tomorrow)” is a slow moving ambient guitar piece with spaced out silence while “Up and Down” is a fairly straight rock track with wonky guitar effects. “Ghost Mantis” is the centerpiece which is a ten-plus-minutes song. It ranges from metal to moments that sound inspired by Pink Floyd. The other notable tracks are “The Thick Blue Glass” and “Home's Not the Same (But it's Home).”
There is no denying that The Thick Blue Glass has a bedroom DIY type feel to it. A step up in production and recording quality could have taken it to the next level. That being said the songs are ambitious and I was impressed by his creativity as well as the technical talent on the guitar.
There are different shades of emotion throughout the album that showcase a talented songwriter with potential. Recommended.
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