Lucid Echo is a project for Mose Berymon which began last year. He spent a lot of time investing in a five song EP entitled Fractal Anomaly. The EP does little to establish much of a signature sound for Berymon or indicate what could come next. Everything song on the EP seems isolated to itself and perhaps that’s what Berymon intended to do.
The album was recorded, mixed and mastered in his home studio. Fractal Anomaly is about average sounding for a home studio project but can't compete with the audio fidelity you would expect from a professional studio. Little things like guitars that sound like they were recorded via direct input and vocals which need some proper treatment are noticeable to those who have an ear for such things.
The album starts off with “Fractal Anomaly” which is more or less an intro. Berymon creates an atmospheric, tranquil landscape from a number of synths. A simple piano melody gets layered with slightly cheesy sounding pads. It reminded me of the sounds I heard from Destroyer on Your Blues.
The jump from “Fractal Anomaly to “The Dark Star” is jarring and juxtaposed. “The Dark Star” is basically straight up metal. It has elements of rock opera, old school Metallica and Megadeth. It does contain impressive lead work which ends up being the focal point in the song since there are no vocals.
As the EP continues Berymon continues to give no regard to consistency. The song “The Only One” has lyrics reminiscent of Trent Reznor while the music combines electronic and organic elements. “The Child” mixes up psychedelia and ambient music into the longest track on the EP. He coats his guitars in a copious amount of reverb and contains the most experimental and impressive parts on the album. At five minutes in he lands a groove that he lets go of too soon.
The last track is an acoustic based song entitled “Love Is The Law” which starts off a bit rough but gets better as it progresses as he adds vocal harmonies and layers. It’s unequivocally the most grandiose track on the EP.
The biggest issue that Lucid Echo faces at this point is knowing what type of music he is going after. I would have a real hard time explaining what Fractal Anomaly sounds like in a sentence or two. A couple of the songs show potential on their own but the overall message is confusing. This EP points to more questions than answers and at this time Lucid Echo is largely a case of wait and see.
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