Exposé Online banner

Royal Architect — Et In Arcadia Ego
((Not on label) , 2017, LP)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2018-01-07

Et In Arcadia Ego Cover art

Royal Architect is a Baltimore based four-piece that, following a couple of singles, has released their first long player Et in Arcadia Ego – a vinyl-only independent release, no CD is planned, but I suppose that could change in the future, anything can happen. And of course, from their Bandcamp site all their recordings can be downloaded. One of the band’s members is guitarist, pianist and singer Matt Graboski, who has appeared in these pages previously, most recently as a member of El Sledge (+) which we reviewed in 2013. Matt is in fact the son of Jay Graboski, founding member of the 70s psychedelic turned Progressive band Oho, so Matt has great music running through his blood. The other members of Royal Architect are second guitarist Tim Yungwirth, bassist Ryan Finnerin, and drummer / singer Jason Butcher.

Et in Arcadia Ego contains the two earlier single releases “Echoes from the Cliffs of Bedlam” and “Let the Knives Sing” (probably the hardest rocker among them all) plus seven new songs. Their sound is an interesting mix of youthful power and feeling, lyrics delivered with raw feeling, great compositions, along with excellent but not too showy playing, all in support of the songs. Every time I spin this I take away a different feeling. Using a slower, less aggressive rock affected style, “Afternoon Phantoms” is particularly effective with its mysterious lyrics and building choruses that carry it to a powerful conclusion. There are all kinds of influences within these songs, and I suspect everyone in the band has spent a lot of time absorbing all the best rock music of the last forty or so years, therefore it’s hard to pin down discrete influences even within a single song. “This Cloak” is another standout, one of the longer cuts that begins in one space, goes through numerous changes along the way, and ends up in some place entirely different. The vocals throughout are at once aggressive and fragile, lending power and emotion to every cut. As an album of nine songs, it stands strong and reveals new insights and secrets on each repeat spin.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Matt Graboski, Royal Architect

More info
http://royalarchitect.bandcamp.com/album/et-in-arcadia-ego

Latest news

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more

2018-12-23
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Distant Dream - A New Beginning – Here’s something out of left field: a big concept album from a new, unknown band. And in this context, “concept album” should be taken as something more like I, Robot (or even Phantom of the...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues