Lucid Recess: Carved
Lucid Recess is a trio from Guwahati, Assam, that was featured on ClubJAM as the Band of the Fortnight last month. Consisting of brothers Amitabh Barooa (vocals, bass) and Siddharth Barooa (guitars) with Tanmay Raychoudhary (drums), the band has just come out with their self-released ‘Carved’ EP that should please fans of Velvet Revolver, Audioslave and closer to home, the likes of Aftertaste, Split and Black.
Dramatic strings lead into more familiar down-tuned guitar riffs, as “The Maze” gets things going. Vocalist Amitabh Barooa can hold his own on the mid-tempo parts but struggles on the harder rocking parts, his strained vocals rankling at times. Vastly different bands, I know, but the beginning of “End That We Know” reminds me of “Holy Tears” by Isis, quickly settling into a familiar structure of heart-felt wailing like the rest of the album. Moving from jagged riff-fests to more melodic songs (“If I Could”, “Does it Matter”) and sometimes into ballad territory (“You Will See… My Friend”), with extensive solos and affected vocals that talk of disenchantment, Lucid Recess don’t bring anything new to this increasingly tired brand of alternative rock. The thin rhythm section obviously doesn’t help matters, the bass is hardly noticeable and the drummer could be more creative than just keep time with the rest of the band and doing the occasional fills. Siddharth Barooa’s guitar playing is competent, drawing from the alternative, nu-metal framework that, while lacking in imagination, is polished and performed with sufficient energy to drive the songs and find acceptance with fans.
Repeatedly listening to anything will make you bob your head along and I found myself doing that on occasion. However, Lucid Recess lack the definite edge that stands out and makes one want to go back and listen to the album.