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4.17 | 42 ratings | 3 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ef (4:12)
2. Contra (3:45)
3. Infinite Mirror (4:39)
4. Shinkai (5:23)
5. Black And White (4:14)
6. Interlude (1:34)
7. Ghost Dance (4:31)
8. Solitude (5:49)
9. Phantasia (5:08)
10. Fade (5:26)
11. Sequel To The Letter (2:59)

Total Time: 47:40

Line-up / Musicians

- Nobuyuki Takeda / guitar
- Kozo Kusumoto / guitar
- Jun Izawa / bass
- Akinori Yamamoto / drums

- Sousuke Ohchiri / shaker (7)
- Junco / cello (11)

Releases information

Artwork: Hakuchi

LP Transduction Records ‎- TDR007LP (2008, Ireland)

CD Transduction Records ‎- TDR007 (2008, Ireland)

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LITE Phantasia ratings distribution

(42 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (14%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
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Review by burritounit
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5 stars One of the best albums of 2008.

Lite is a math rock band from Japan with a very optimistic sound, post rock influences and a much moved/dynamic nature. It's not every day where you get a math rock band with such an addictive and unique sound, high quality and to say the least with incredible "danceable" energy (easy way to describe their sound). Phantasia is an album with barely no flaws, all the songs have their own essence and peculiar-catchy rhythm like Ghost Dance, Black And White, Solitude and Phantasia to point out a few.

Though being a math rock band, some of the songs seem to be driven by a post rock atmosphere in songs like Shinkai, Interlude, Solitude and Fade. This combination creates a balance and thus making their sound more melodic unlike other math rock bands that tend to create angular melodies.

The introductory song: Ef is one that easily catches the attention of your ears entirely with some sort of heavy riffs and intense drum play (though most songs have this energy outburst of the drummer). Black And White is very good to, with a very post rock oriented intro repeated in the midst of the ending. On the other hand Shinkai has a very atmospheric feel with a crescendo feel in it, as well as Solitude which follows a similar formula. In my opinion one the most standout songs would have to be Ghost Dance. It has the most "danceable" feel in it, just as its name implies, easily followed by Phantasia, which is even more energetic and explosive and the drums are very extreme. The closing song: Sequel to The Letter and Infinite Mirror remind me much of Battles but with a more melodic touch in them and that particular essence that Lite offer.

In conclusion Phantasia is easily one of the best albums of 2008. It's addictive, energetic, melodic and very well composed with many memorable moments. If you liked Battles then you will have no problem loving this one.

Highly recommended!

Review by admireArt
4 stars What caught my attention about PHANTASIA, firsthand is the guitar counterpointing structures they build around basic (not simple) Rock n Roll riffs. "California Guitar Trio" like but eletcrified and around their own compositions. So, of course, they are not discovering "fire" but they play well with it.

Well tempered alike the "California Guitar Trio" , the sound is more directed to Rock as such. No big detours from that structure. Of course I am talking about the musical structure that gave birth to Prog and other Rock related music. So music wise the astonishing "kick" these guys posses is how far they take such a played-out structure without becoming an over the line "studio-production" project nor an imitation of an imitation. No! It is in fact quiet the opposite. These guys can create all these "magical" transfigurations "by hand" without the aid of any other thing but focus and unpretentious talent.

(Yes! If lucky they could be the band that turns out in your next wedding party and play this whole effort -effotlessly).

The well-attained results of course are close to prog/MATH-POST/ROCK, also the intention of scopes, as the varied visits to the protocols of "Progland" during the trip. BUT!! Everything sounds so fresh because they are so elegantly- unpretentious!! -

Each song works out perfectly, one before and after the other. So of course is an A to Z album, no "spare" parts are included. LITE sounds like a tight well versed-structure, each member in its own element in a "VOCAL-LESS BAND" ( I mean come on! All music played with instruments is "instrumental").

No big "stars" out-shining each other, no! Absolute team-work! The BIG thrill here is how well they hold the whole album into a "one long-hold" highly creative ride without losing intensity, touch nor creativity, in this well accomplished release

****4 PA stars.

PD-Also their 2013 "Installations" album is quiet a treat!!

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