Band: Luna Kiss
Title: Echoes of Sound
Genre: Progressive rock
Band introduction: Luna Kiss are a four piece progressive rock band from Coventry City, UK. By merging prog with mainstream elements, “building a sound as reminiscent of Pink Floyd as it is Florence and the Machine” – Prog Magazine, Luna Kiss have created there own identity. – Taken from the band’s website
1st Listen: As incredible as they are live, I haven’t owned Luna Kiss’s album until just now. They definitely have their own sound. Classic rock sounds with prog rock time changes, almost jazzy interludes and big choruses with pop-like hooks. They have that all the songs sound the same, all the songs sound different sort of affect on me. In this case that is the sign of a band confident in their abilities and unique enough to do their own thing. Often I see a band and get their album and I am disappointed. I’m not disappointed with this album, but I know they have improved since this was released and I eagerly await the album they are currently working on.
2nd Listen: I’d usually do a track by track review on my second listen. It helps me really listen to each track rather than the album as a whole. However I was driving home from work and the other two albums I had in my car would not play. One day I’ll get around to replacing the player in my car! So I spun this on once again.
That Luna Kiss can be heavy, in a prog rock sort of way, without constantly resorting to power chord riffage is great. The riffs are often arpeggios that weave in and out of the mix with interesting time signatures and use of rests.
The whole album really feels like it’s building up to the last song “Silver Lines” and I’m not sure how I feel about that. It’s great that arguably the best song on the album is at the end. To often an album will peak too soon. I’m not yet sure that there are enough outstanding moments before that track to make the journey worthwhile. To completely contradict my last sentence; the music throughout is solid and the arrangement of instruments is exemplary. Perhaps knowing “Silver Lines” is on it’s way is a tension building up that makes me eager to get to the end of the album rather than enjoy it to its fullest.
3rd Listen: “I” is a wall of increasing waves of sound, bass comes in and then the guitar. Drums start to take their place and the volume increases. This intro track begins the journey and fades out into the second track, “Jealous Fingers”. This starts like an indie rock track and, once the vocals come in, things get smooth as the bass takes the reins. The guitar solo, driven by a wah pedal, is the pinnacle of this track.
“Stop This Behaviour” is a classic rock ballad; all clean arpeggios and melodic lead lines that introduce some overdrive when the solo hits in and brings the song home.
“Silicone Hearts” is all funky verses and big choruses; loud and quite mechanics that even affect the solo which gives the wah a beating and then brings in a beautiful clean tone, only to step it up again.
Once again finishing track with a solo is staring to wear thin, but “Lunacy” changes the dynamics with its delay soaked percussion and synth. It’s does away with a solo, which is welcome as I find a band’s necessity to fill their music with solos even when not called for a bit off putting. A well placed and played solo shows creativity. Chucking a solo in because you feel like it shows someone showing off their chops; I’m not down with that!
“VI” is an instrumental interlude, noise and then delay\reverb soaked chords play background to, what sounds like, a tapped guitar melody. Then some crunchy chords and tremolo picked lines take their place and then leave again; getting quieter and quieter.
“Walking Away From Here” kicks straight in after “VI”, but soon quietens down to make way for the vocals. The vocal lines get better throughout the album and this track really hit’s the mark. There is a jazzy, soul like feel to the chorus, rather than the louder rock choruses we have been treated to previously. The bass driven breakdown towards the end of the track is really powerful; I really disliked the echo affect placed on the vocals though.
Now we get to the last track “Silver Lines”. This is the track I have been waiting for. A Dire Straights solo eases me into the song until the bass comes in at about 2 minutes. Then the song really starts. The whole track is a slow build up and the Pink Floyd solo is killer. It fits perfectly and you think the track is dropping out, but it comes back, just a touch bigger than before. Then, just like “Comfortably Numb” the solo comes back in again after another brilliant chorus. Drums pound, a piano comes into the mix, and soaring synth chords play us out. Superb!
Conclusion: A great album that just improves with every track. It’s not perfect, but it’s a young band’s debut. Expect big things from Luna Kiss.
- First Impression: Good
- Final Impression: Good