With this project, Arka leaves the world of post rock behind and throws himself in the ever expanding progressive rock universe. The focus is still on instrumental music, mostly driven by guitars but it's those guitars who now gain the upperhand over the atmosphere, which might take a few minutes to get used to.
The album opens with 'Phosphorescence'. Immediately the programmed drums determine the foundation on which the guitars seem to improvise freely. That being said, most of the album focuses on immense guitar solos. 'Divergence' is an immersive anthem, with joyful piano and narrative solo work. Bands that come to mind include everything between Pink Floyd and Dream Theater, which I guess is not a bad set of bands to be compared with.
I think I wrote it before. What Arka does is excellent. He is a great composer and and excellent craftsman. Yet, I think that songs like 'Convergence I' or the beautiful 'Remembrance' could really come to their own in a full live setting. The overall feel is that of a well written progressive rock album which deserves a professional production, merely because of the artist's talent and vision. Then again, there is this stunning piece of music titled 'Reassurance', which convinces me of the overall quality of this album.
I'm sure that progressive rock fans with appreciate these tracks. Guitar players will absolutely adore the technical skills. Arka can wave to people like Malmsteen or Vai and smile, not just because of the countless of hours of practice but also because of the emotion he manages to put into the music. In all, this is a satisfying debut, one that makes me curious for the future of Home Brewed Universe. So for now, you'd might want to check this out. There is some abundant joy to be found here.