‘The High Frontier’ is the most recent studio full-length release from American psychedelic rock band, Lumerians. The mini-album showcases the band’s talent and passion, however, it leaves the listener underwhelmed as it comes to a close.bWith long instrumentals that border on tedious at the worst of times, but highly enjoyable at the best, the songs leave mixed impressions upon the listener.
‘The Bloom’ stands out as one of the more experimental (and perhaps more exciting) songs, although unfortunately at times, the mix of instruments and sounds, makes the track deteriorate slightly into just ‘noise’. One major element to the release is that there doesn’t seem to be a main theme throughout. From the genre to the subject matter, it seems to go from one idea to another.
This can be seen as a good or a bad thing. Good because it shows an experimental side to Lumerians. It shows that they’re capable of much more than one type of music, but it can also be seen as a bad thing because it doesn’t ensure a high standard. That is to say, some songs might be spot on, enjoyable and showcase the band’s talent, such as ‘Koman Tong’. But then, on the other hand, might miss the mark and just be a bit messy (for lack of a better word), such as what can be found on ‘Life Without Skin’.
That being said, none of the worse songs are awful, and none of the better songs would be seen as incredible. It’s a relatively mediocre display, something that’s easy enough to listen to, would almost definitely be great to see at a festival during the summer, but at the end of the day isn’t something that you’d be craving to listen to.
The genre is also a confusing one, as it’s not an album that adheres to one particular one, but can be broadly said to be psychedelic, space, stoner rock. It’s a relatively acquired taste of a listen, so ‘The High Frontier’ is worth a go and, although perhaps at times not hugely impressive, it’s something slightly unusual and it’ll be exciting to see what the band do next.
Written by Orla Conway