Band: Suit of Light
CD Title: Break Open the Head
Label: Independent Release (2016)
Rating: Great Stuff 4/5
This fascinating release is actually the fourth studio recording for the New York City based quintet called Suit of Lights. Falling squarely in the Art-Rock category these ten compositions truly run the musical gamut melding musical influences as disparate as Baroque Pop to Progressive Rock along with a myriad of other things in between. So if you are asking what do they sound like well think of bands like Queen, 10CC, New Eden Orchestra and even Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears. The whole album is a quick thirty-minute listen and each of the tunes is short, most just three minutes with the longest being barely four and a half. Still within those tight confines Suit of Lights manage to cram all kinds of musical change-ups, twists and turns, starts and stops, etc. There is a lot going on here, and even though these are “songs” nothing stays the same for very long. It’s totally engaging because you just never know where these guys are going or what musical motif they’ll throw at you next. The thing that most distinguishes this recording falling more in the Art-Rock category, rather than mainstream Progressive Rock is it’s major chord upbeat musical feel. There is almost a “happy-go-lucky” feel that runs through the whole recording. At the same time this in no way detracts from the dramatic grander elements, the big introductions, the myriad of crescendos and climaxes that pepper these tunes. I’m a sucker for this type of stuff and loved every minute here. If you too are a fan of the bands mentioned above or others like them, I’m dead sure you’ll enjoy the music of Suit of Lights. Break Open the Head checks all the right boxes for me.