Lek – Giant World Knowledge Bliss Control

Lek – Giant World Knowledge Bliss Control / 2007 Self / 12 Tracks / http://www.lekmusic.com /

“Quixotic” shows a very trippy style of sixties music as the one played by Lek. What does not work for the band during this 7 minute track is the spoken lyrics that go beyond mysterious and into full blown parody by the second or third minute of the track. It behooves individuals to skip over this track and focus straight on “Demon”, which is a song that has the vocals heard first during “Quixotic” settle into a slinkier, more sensual type of approach. None of the tracks on “Giant World Knowledge Bliss Control” are short by any stretch of the imagination (a few songs act like interludes, providing individuals with a cleansing of their palette, however), but Lek more or less succeeds in keeping individuals interested throughout the entirety of these five, six, and seven-minute long tracks.

The production of the songs on “Giant World” nears perfection; the closeness of the production allows for a homey feel to be dominant, but does not oppress any of the constituent parts of the  band. The inclusion of two sets of vocals during “Fuzzworld” links together past and present, blending together bands as diverse as U2, The Psychedelic Furs, and even The Doors. What results during this track is something that is a little new wave, a little gothic, and a little rock – by creating this style of music, Lek crafts something that is fresh and has not been hold previously. “Gotam” blends together equal parts Coldplay and Pink Floyd into something that is Lek’s own. The instrumental side of things is what is focused on during this track, but in some way, this is par for the course on this album. The vocals, even when they are providing some sort of storytelling aspect, are those that imbue an extra layer of instrumentation onto each track.

The style of music that Lek plays on their “Giant World Knowledge Bliss Control” is something that everyone may not be able to get behind, but the ability in which they imbue each track with is right up there with the most noted bands.  For fans of trippy, alternative rock that is not trying to fit into a specific pigeonhole, Lek’s release is something that easily blasts through genre confinements in its pursuit of a unique sound for the band. No track may grace rock rotation radio, but the band’s skill shines through, leading to the creation of a perfect album to zone out to.

Top Tracks: Chiliman, Post Travellin’ Blues

Rating: 6.5/10

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