On a good concept album, it doesn’t really matter what the story is. What matters is that the writer is passionate about the landscape he’s creating and, obviously, that the music feels cohesive. Abe Kilpin pulls this off quite well on this installment of his epic sci-fi canon The Lost EP, released under the name To Give You The Stars.
What’s interesting is that, while this is a solid piece of art in its own right, it’s also a very obvious tribute to Kilpin’s conceptual heroes Coheed and Cambria. In particular, elements of Coheed’s two part conclusion to their own main story arch Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV are present all over The Lost. It has all the catchy, understated guitar lines of From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness and all the big, soaring chorus moments from No World for Tomorrow.
Actually, most of what’s good about this album can be attributed to Coheed’s influence. With the dedication to melody, the loose but not ridiculous song structure, the flavorful technicality that is in no way overdone, and the ever dramatic vocal delivery, Kilpin is, more than anything, a loyal student who is doing his teachers proud.
The main difference, of course, is that Kilpin managed to pull of this off virtually on his own. It’s very rare that one man can write and record an entire record on his own and not have some of it come off as very silly. Even Claudio Sanchez, lead singer and guitarist of Coheed and Cambria, has the rest of his band to refer to when he’s stuck.
From the very first note of the fantastic instrumental intro track “The Lost Horseman I”, The Lost grabs your ear and takes you on a fantastic sonic journey that you can’t help but revisit again and again. Recommended for all fans of progressive music, good storytelling, or just some good old fashioned rock and roll.
Written by Syd Ghan