LABEL: Tenor Vossa
01. Year of the Rat
Since the dissolution of his
old band Savage Republic Bruce Licher has focused on crafting intricate instrumental
soundscapes. Scenic dispenses with the usual verse, chorus, verse of most guitar
oriented music. Rather, sounds are progressively layered on top of each other
to make swelling, triumphant monuments of resonance. Those already familiar with
Scenic will find more of what they love here and can proceed directly to the
checkout line. The uninitiated will be in for an
unexpected treat. A surprising level of energy lurks in the meditative compositions
and results in a strange musical brew of The Reegs meets Div
Juz (!). The almost classically structured
songs pull the listener into satisfying pools of audio haze and the absence
of vocals proves to be an asset here.
The occassional bursts of drums throughout draw
the listener's attention and give extra reference points for the quieter numbers.
The 19 minute closer "A Journey Through the Outer Reaches of Inner Space" is
particularly hypnotic. Centerpiece "Lunar Afternoon" is a true keeper
and a must hear for indie fans. The result is a nicely paced record best suited
to be listened to from start to finish. Impeccable production and sound quality
ensure that the many subtle
nuances are brought out cleanly. This is one of those records worth buying
just for the title alone.