Album: Lino Cosmos
Release Date: 27th October 2014
Label: Ricochet Records
London trio Lifecycle kick off their discography with a melting-pot eight track album titled Lino Cosmos. A blend of rock, electronica, jazz, you name it – it’s there.
With Geoffrey Dent on guitar and vocals, Letitia Austin on bass and Nick Holder on sticks, Lifecycle have cleverly orchestrated a modernised calypso sound which encompasses all of the above. As preconceptions go, the LP’s title indicates to the listener they are about to be taken on an other-worldly adventure (which in my opinion it does). Lino Cosmos throws wave after wave of contained wailing and looping guitar riffs – it is certainly unconventional and not for the faint hearted.
Opening track Dissolve gets things going with a fast-paced samba style of drumming which wouldn’t be out of place at a wild World Cup party in Rio. Whilst on a tropical vibe, I’ll depict the vocals on Dissolve as a sea tide bursting in and washing out again, with lyrics such as “this is how I communicate” making periodic appearances. The somewhat disjointed nature of the Sting-like vocals adds to the unorthodox style of Lifecycle and leaves the spotlight on the edgy and ethereal instrumentals.
Patterns is of a similar ilk and you could be forgiven for confusing the two. This track too revolves around tribal-esque percussion and trippy guitar parts. However, about three minutes in Patterns disrupts its namesake and transcends into an angelic synth-based finale. What I like about this song is it affirms my initial opinion that Lino Cosmos is probably more suited to a dopamine oozing after-party than the average 21st century adolescent’s pre-drinks.
The Big Picture showcases group’s diversity. Reminiscent of Second Coming by Stone Roses, the sinister and bassy undertones will appeal to you rock lovers. There are ample free flowing guitar solos and earthy basslines which underline the organic nature of Lino Cosmos.
This album is unadulterated and a far stretch from a lot of the contrived mainstream junk you hear these days. However, I can’t help but foresee a Marmite dichotomy arising for Lino Cosmos with it being so different. I’ll let you decide which side you belong to.
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