Fractal Rock – Fractals and Filigree

The debut album of a US art rock band calling themselves Fractal Rock, ‘Fractals And Filigree’ is nothing, if not incredibly diverse. Taking the sounds of classic rock and a great many other styles of yesteryear, and compiling them in an eighty minute trek of music, this is quite an ambitious project for a band’s first project. However, despite proving that the band is evidently very adventurous, the end result is an album that is very hit-or-miss in the way it turns out, making for an inconsistently enjoyable piece of work.

Led onward by the vocals of singer Kristine Tibbs (whose voice is oddly reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick), the music cycles through everything from classic progressive rock, to blues, to even a number that could have been in ‘Chicago’ or some other Broadway musical. Overall, while I understand that the band is testing the grounds quite a bit with this one, it does feel incredibly scattered, and the songs as a result have very little flow to them.

The songwriting is fairly good here- but as always for this album- deathly inconsistent, ranging from excellent (especially towards the second half of the album) to forgettable. On top of the album feeling a bit too long for its own good, the album’s structure is in a state of great disrepair, but it doesn’t stop Fractal Rock from delivering a good first impression with this debut album.

Tracklist:

1. Queen Bee (5:32)
2. Bach in the Saddle (3:44)
3. Sanguis Draconis (5:59)
4. Can’t You Feel It? (3:33)
5. I Mean What I Say (4:23)
6. The Visitor (4:02)
7. Wicked Rubberband (4:13)
8. My Neurosis (3:24)
9. Purgo Mens Mentis (4:35)
10. Principia (3:49)
11. Gossamer Thread (3:50)
12. Falling up the Well (4:36)
13. I Find Myself (3:39)
14. Crazy Dog (5:06)
15. Easy Rider (3:25)
16. The Cyclone (5:28)
17. Therapeutic Insanity (4:12)

Line-up:

* Joel Martin – keyboards
* Kristine Tibbs – vocals
* Deena Lien-Richards – vocals, percussion
* Dave Turisinni – bass
* Robert Westcott – drums
* Dave Hawkins – guitars
* Tully Lanter – sax
* “V” – violin

Links:

http://fractalrock.pigboatrecording.com/

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