Ascent provides a musically intense and a lyrically dense sound for their listeners. This means that tracks like Act of Grace are able to appeal to a wide swath of listeners. There is a momentum to Act of Grace that will have listeners sitting on the edges of their seats. Ascension keeps things interesting through a space-rock frame. Throw in a ropy, catchy bass line and what results is a twinkling track that will stick with listeners long after the CD stops.
Independence continues to expand Ascent’s palette, as this guitar and drum based track evinces rich musical landscape. The tempo of the track allows the guitars to shine and set the overall tenor of the track. The vocals interact with the aforementioned guitars to push the resulting effort that much higher. Secrets of Flight is incredibly diverse in the overall styles that are provided; the band is able to unite all these disparate pieces into one cohesive and compelling whole.
Talking In Circles speeds things up nicely, soaring on a middle eastern / Indian groove. The echoing vocals resonate deeply as the instrumentation continues to speed. While a great many bands would peter out after the four minute mark, Ascent is able to pound through to five minutes. Make sure to check out the linked website for more information about the inner workings of the band, and to see whether they will be stopping at a close venue. Secrets of Flight never peters; the 11 cuts here provide a tremendous look into an up and coming act.
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Ascent – Secrets of Flight (CD) / 2012 Self / 11 Tracks / http://www.ascentmusiconline.com/