Truth be told, I’m not typically a fan of instrumental records; I’m a person that enjoys lyrics in the music I listen to. With that being said, I cannot stress this next statement enough: Purple Gaze by Manila’s instrumental rock quartet The Insekt Life Cycle completely blew me away.
The EP opens up with a song called “Purple Drank.” Within the first minute of the track, I knew I was in for something special and different. The track starts with smooth, clean guitar tones, and almost immediately builds up to something I can only describe as psychedelic euphoria as the rest of the band comes in and starts you on the journey that is their three-song EP.
“Sungaze” continues along the same lines as the opening track, but this time we’re treated to something slightly more upbeat than the previous song. Actually, I’d say the title “Sungaze” is absolutely appropriate for this song. Take a moment to look directly at the sun, and then close your eyes. That’s what this song SOUNDS like.
The EP ends with a song called “Tristful Ecstasy,” and while this song was probably my least favourite of the three, that doesn’t diminish the fact that it was still a great way to end the album. At this point, we’re treated to the most funky-sounding song on the EP, with strange effects peppered throughout the entire track.
Overall, the three guys in The Insekt Life Cycle have really created something special with their Purple Gaze album. My only complaint (and truthfully, it’s not even a real complaint) is that the EP was too short. But I suppose that could work in the band’s favour, because despite the EP’s length, it was still more than enough to draw me in and leave me wanting more. Do yourself a favour and buy a digital copy of the album for the small price of 2$. It’s worth every penny. I’m definitely looking forward to any future releases from these guys.
Written by Dominic Abate