So, obviously, I immediately started listening to the album, again while working on my book. However, it soon struck me how this band had evolved from a mere experiment into a tantalizing psychedelic rock band. Opener 'Unicycle Monologue' immediately grabbed my attention. The sound was so vintage, so old school that I could not help thinking about bands like Jefferson Airplane, Zappa or Grobschnitt. Gone were the references to post rock, although many of the song breathe the same playfulness as songs by Tiny Fingers.
'Schizodelia' is one of my favorite tracks, maybe because of the psychedelic jazz jam of just because of that awesome sound of the clean guitars. Fact remains, this is one of those tunes that clearly showcase how good the musicians behind this project really are. They use their instruments to tell stories. Complex, intriguing stories. Or how about 'Purple Drank', a track that does something immersive with lingering guitars and energetic drums. Perhaps his is one of the most post-rock related tunes on this album.
Another genre that almost completely left the oeuvre of The Inseklife Cycle, is stoner rock. I admit, here and there Monkey3 still comes to mind, but The Insektlife Cycle have clearly found their own niche within the whole progressive rock scene. And even there this band would stand out with their nice, clean and immersive sound. Just listen to the beautiful 'Forbidden Earth Dance', a tune that will take you to space and back. I guess it's no surprise that this album comes highly recommended to anyone who is into bands like King Crimson, Rush and so on.