“Oh wow, check that out.”
“Oh my, did you hear it?”
“Listen again, there’s more.”
Forget complex conversations. It’s a tasking process to maintain focus while As Lions waves shiny things in your peripheral. You’ll look and you’ll be glad you did. That glimmering object is a metaphysical plane you haven’t crossed into, yet.
A listener has split seconds to point out their reason for thrill before another aspect of As Lions‘ music steps forward for recognition. Each track delivers a production line of talent to ram into eardrums and tickle fancies. Their album Selfish Age hurls skill after skill at the stimulated listener.
These are the tracks you can put on repeat and never fall to boredom. It’s like watching a full length movie with multiple lead roles. Everybody matters and each one has its own story.
Selfish Age is a collective chorus of layered vocals. When one voice melts into the spiraling instrumentals, another hoists the lyrics into audio bliss. “The Suffering” holds spinning guitar and twirling harmonies. “Bury My Dead” and “World on Fire” are piano opening passions that peel hard shells away and expose vulnerability.
Ending strong, and prodding another play-through, “The Great Escape” showcases surprise falsettos and octave dropping switches. After 11 tracks, I’ve been worked over in an ‘oh-so-good’ way and now I need a nap.
But first, one more time. At least after I toss back a drink to calm my nerves. I’m having trouble keeping focused with vibrating senses and album satisfaction.