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4 stars The current music industry is based upon quickly releasing singles (no longer than four minutes in length of course) that follow whatever topic is trendy at the time. Often times very little thought is put into this music and its purpose is to instantly satisfy the needs of the masses with catchy beats and sing-along choruses. While this is not entirely bad, it provides very little room for experimentation and progress in the music scene. Also, with songs rarely lasting for the aforementioned four minutes, it is difficult for songs to develop and really capture the listener's attention. Bangalore-based band Rainburn aim to change things up a bit by providing a big album with plenty of room to lose yourself in. With 10 songs lasting for almost 50 minutes, "Insignify" is far from accessible. However, this album was not recorded for the purpose of being accessible. It was crafted for those who want to make listening to music an experience. So the question is did they accomplish this?

"Insignify" is wide open and vehement in its will for exploration, clearly plotted but sounding off the cuff and based heavily on the organically-presented chemistry between drummer Praveen Kumar, guitarist / singer Vats Iyengar, and bassist / singer Ravi Nair that has only developed further since the band's debut EP, 2014's "Canvas of Silence".

The new album oscillates between laid back jams and powerful rockers, creating that lovely rich atmosphere. It's clear the band has been working on dynamics.

Starting real strong with 'Merchant of Dreams', this cut shares all the strengths into firm doses. Its groovy bass line, enhanced by the hypnotic percussion paves the way for several guitar solos. There are multiple waves where the band builds and then falls into peaceful, soothing moments.

As we dive further into The Island, we find a couple of lighter tracks. On 'Someone New' the spotlight goes to the drum/vocals interplay, as they playfully drive into proggy territories. The guitar and bass embellish with several layers of sustained leads and chords, but they tease by building tension, at times keeping it for minutes before explode into a powerful jam. 'Purpose' continues the flow in the same tempo as its predecessor but it's all vocals, while the final 'School of Atlantis' feels considerably subdued when compared to the rest of the record. Like a recap, it fervidly peaks one last time before gently fades away into thin air. This is a really nice, 'atmospheric' ending to such a strong album.

Rainburn has crafted a very solid album that can truly take you on a musical trip. Overall, Insignify proves to be a very worthwhile journey and any fan of progressive or psychedelic rock music should check it out.

JohnNicholson | 4/5 |


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