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CINEMATIC

Lebowski

 

Crossover Prog

4.07 | 131 ratings

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aapatsos
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Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams
3 stars Undeniably your prog movie soundtrack

A lot of kind words, and not unjustifiably, have been written for Lebowski's first imaginary movie soundtrack. A journey through (mainly) European cinematography is this ~65 minute-instrumental album, and pays tribute to sounds of the past and present with some beautiful landscapes. The music here is relatively simple, however, incorporating progressive rock music in a lot of aspects, mainly the atmosphere and secondly the selective time signature breaks here and there.

The music can be better described as a filtration of a cinematic aesthetic through the undeniable influence of emotion from other Polish bands, e.g. Riverside, but also Hogarth-era Marillion. Warm, deep melodies, set at a low pace, dominate the entirety of this soundtrack. An interesting and rather intriguing characteristic of this record is that of visualisation; the listener is left to picture the imaginary landscapes created via the different instruments and sounds.

Flow-wise, the album starts off very strong with powerful melodies in the first three-four tracks but then flattens out to more expected tempos, before ending again on a high note. The music does not get any complex at any time, so this is not recommended to those looking out for an orgasm of odd-time signatures. I did enjoy the different themes of the album, from Doha to Paris, and the variation of instruments used to create it. On the cons side, I find it a bit longer than it could have been, but also a tad too simple e.g. a bit more variation in tempos would have helped it in terms of variety and engagement of the listener.

All considered, this is a beautiful album to listen through, made with real emotion and passion. My rating is 3.5 stars, expecting an even better follow up.

Many thanks to Radek, the band's manager, for making this available for review.

aapatsos | 3/5 |

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