Opinions are quite the fickle thing. Much like assholes, everyone’s got them, and at the end of the day, they don’t rule the world, but they sure as hell make everything a little more difficult. Take this review, for example. Sometimes a recorded effort can have all the bells and whistles it wants, but if it doesn’t tickle my fancy, then my shitty opinion gets posted on the internet for everyone to chase me with pitchforks over. Lucid Movement out of Toronto, ON recently dropped a four-song EP by the name of Selfish Tendencies. This is MY asshole on display.
Lucid Movements are a three-piece classic rock n’ roll outfit that gushes out a very familiar take on the seventies slightly Doors-esque brand of rock that you may or may not love. Now you may think, “Awesome! Some 70’s nostalgia!” or “Fuck this has been done to death these days,” but regardless of what you think, these cats most definitely have a refined style and bring a tight package to the table. Smooth string sections, diverse vocal arrangements, and digestible drum work to easily depict the overall ambience of this act, all of this sadly burdened by a lingering sense of mundaneness. There’s prowess and an obvious amount of joy and drive put into the making of their sound, but all in a package that we’ve seen time over time. This isn’t to say that LM themselves are unoriginal, it is however to say that what they’re selling, I’ve bought before.
Selfish Tendencies as a recorded effort comes complete with a relatively well balanced mix and master, though certain bells and whistles in my opinion could have been subtled ever so slightly. I’m very specifically referring to the oddly mixed electric organ tone used in opening track “Electrical,” which has always been a tone that eludes me in desire. Alas it’s not always about what I want now is it.
I can safely say that this act, should it continue to press forward, will absolutely have a demographic of fans ranging from Dead heads to Doors fans (as previously mentioned) and even nostalgia addicts of all kinds. The tone of the 70’s is still very much prevalent in today’s Rock n’ Roll. However, this record really just rubs me the wrong way. Which is entirely why my opinion/asshole shouldn’t be your final destination as far as these Torontonians place in your playlist. Hell, maybe Rival Sons will have an opening on their next tour, and I’ll be eating my words
Written by Jason Greenberg
*Edited by Dominic Abate