Peter McKibben is a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist located in San Francisco. He's been involved with music for close to fifty years. McKibben has worked for many famous and not so many famous bands. Suffice it to say he has a lot of experience. For the last three years he has worked on LifeCycle. This album is close to a double album’s worth of material and once you take a listen to the music you will know why it took so long. I think the main reason is because there are a lot of transitions happening within the music and a lot of elements. His music likes to blend very different styles. You get a mix of just about everything from funk, jazz, rock and more.
The album starts with “Riding the Beast” which has a very ’70s classic rock feel it. There are a number of bands (mostly legends like Pink Floyd) that came to mind while listening to this song. The lead here is the guitar as it is for most of the other songs.
“Pay the Troll” is a perfect example of McKibben blending different styles. It’s a mix of math rock, prog and even metal. The song has some great transitions and the juxtaposition between distortion and clean, reverb laced elements works very well.
“Burn the Day” is a little darker and definitely felt more influenced by metal. Then we get to “Ahnknoir” which was one of the highlights to my ear. The song has an eastern feel to it with some instruments that come from that region. It’s an ethereal, psychedelic blend of sound and is very atmospheric.
It’s all in the name with “West Funk Story” which felt like funk was the foundation here. “Who's on One?” was an interesting one and I loved the driving percussive aspects while “A Moment of Silence” is a jazzy yet avant garde song and the first time we hear a vocal uttered which seemed to be a sample. As the album progresses he does an exceptional job keeping it exciting and new.
It was very noticeable to me how much work was put into these songs. I think what I liked most is that each song wasn’t just a different genre it was multiple genres combined and that symbiotic fusion was one of the reasons so many different styles worked for me. This is definitely a release I recommend. Take a listen.
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