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Lost Reverie


Post Rock/Math rock

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4 stars Excellent debut from this promising Mexican musician!

Once again I am happy to review an album from a Mexican project, this time an act with the name of "Lost Reverie" which is actually not a band, but the work of one single man who has shared his musical skills with a very nice debut album. The best thing, is that Juan Herrera is a young guy so we will have (I hope) Lost Reverie for long time.

His debut album is called "Desiderata" which features 8 compositions and a total time of 58 minutes approx. The album kicks off with "Umi" which slowly starts with some synth effects that remind me to some New Age acts, however that is not what we will hear in this album, a few seconds later the guitars enter with a calm sound but that will last only for some seconds before the predominant powerful guitar sound appears creating a stronger structure, the guitars immediately takes you to a metal oriented song, the drums are very good but what I like are also the "background" noises, some sort of piano sound and some programming here and there. A couple of minutes later, the song calms down a little bit, there are nice bass notes, and there, once again, the song becomes stronger with the addition of excellent piano notes which create a very nice atmosphere.

"Us" is the longest track reaching almost 15 minutes which again starts with a very soft and calm sound, mainly created by piano notes, and just before the first minute ends, again a stronger guitar appear. Little by little a new structure is being created and that metal oriented sound prevails. A couple of minutes later there is a short stop and the song starts again, I mean it is like a new passage which again begins slower and then faster and stronger, the music sometimes remind me to Demians or Porcupine Tree, or even Dream Theater in some short moments. I like the way he uses his guitar and how he manages to catch the listener with the song's different passages. It is a very nice epic which ends with a softer and gentler sound.

Next one is "Drift", nice charming guitar sound that reminds me to the beginning of a Explosions in the Sky song, so here the post rock label could fit perfectly. After 2 minutes and a very short stop, drums appear and that gently guitar sound keeps playing and giving you a sense of tranquility. But then he could not have left out that stronger sound that characterizes him and now from post rock the label would have a minor change, to post metal. The end is very emotional; this is one of the best songs in my opinion.

"Morning" is a short metal guitar oriented song that works as the prelude to "Photographs" which continues as if it were the second part of morning, so the first seconds are pretty alike, later some other synth effects and new musical elements appear which fit perfectly on the song, while the guitar is always with the song (album) leadership. During the second half of the song there is a different sound, maybe more electronic, but works good, later the metal sound returns.

"Memento" has a special atmosphere, you can close your eyes and see images, that drum and the effects and strange noises works great, then a more elaborated drumming starts to build up a new sound which is progressing little by little, until the song reaches its climax. A very nice composition to my ears.

"Sue" is a beautiful track, this time he uses an acoustic guitar playing a primordial role in the song, then he puts his electric guitar over the acoustic but in a gently manner, not in that metal sound, more to the soft side of post rock, so this is like a rest of the heavier side of Lost Reverie.

To finish this excellent debut album, we have "Ame" which continues with that soft and calm sound, which after a minute is complemented with some synth effects and then giving the piano its own moment in the song. Later all of a sudden the song explodes and within some seconds it returns to its calmer sound. And yes, as you guess that calmer passage was just made in order to give pass to the powerful metal oriented sound he loves. Then there is an acoustic guitar that sounds very nice and there is also something that I am not sure is a Mellotron, but sound like if it was, giving to the song a very nice atmosphere, and very interesting.

This is a comfortable debut from a new Mexican artist, for those who know me, I am not that keen on metal oriented music, though I like some bands or albums, and this time I am happy with this record no matter its metal tendencies, so I truly recommend it to you, who love metal and post rock, I believe you might find it interesting.

My final grade, 3.75 stars, rounded up to 4. Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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