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Light Thieves (Fresno, CA)
Ay! Did you know that Light Thieves was a prog rock band? Like full on Rush status? I mean, I always knew they had it in them. Their last album, Spirit Homes has some pretty trippy moments. But most of those songs clock in at around 3 minutes. Not so on the fantastic Future Colors, the expansive and eagerly anticipated new LP from the Fresno quartet. Almost four years in the making, the expert craftsmanship shows in every epic song.
Each tune is a journey, taking unexpected twists and turns in delightful ways. "Uncle Jerry" sets the template, juxtaposing complex rhythmic interplay with exquisite calm. The groovalicious "Goon Years" similarly balances latin flavored stylings with otherworldly flourishes. "Stay Present" is by far my favorite tune and the best example of Light Thieves playing around with genre. The song takes on various guises throughout it's run time, mimicking a Mento's commercial in the front, a 70's game show theme in the back, and dirty ass rock song in the middle. Ohhhh man, that Joel Melton guitar riff is filthy and I freaking love it. That whole tune is amazing.
I gotta say though, the biggest pleasures for me come from the advancements made by singer/keyboardist Mike Adame. Adame has always been a capable singer, but on Future Colors he reaches for and achieves greatness. I feel like he'd shy away from such a description, but I think it's accurate. With each obsessively thought out layer Adame achieves an intricate and powerful wall of harmonic sound, giving the album emotional heft. There's some Boyz II Men level type shit going on right here and it is a sight to behold.
So that's it. Buy this album. It's took forever to get here but it is well worth the wait.
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And be sure to catch their album release show tonight!
Thanks and have a great weekend!