Exposé Online banner

The Twenty Committee — A Lifeblood Psalm
((Not on label) no#, 2013, DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2013-10-01

A Lifeblood Psalm Cover artThe Twenty Committee is a new entry into the stream of modern progressive rock that includes such artists as IZZ, Pineapple Thief, and the like. The music, while not technically complex, is varied enough to keep a listener's interest, and there are a few twists to set it apart from other bands of the style. In particular, leader Geoffrey Langley's keyboards have a jazzy flavor at times, with the majority of the sounds coming from piano, electric piano, organ, and Moog-type synth. Some of the lead synth lines have a slight Jan Hammer tinge to them the way the notes are bent and the patches used. At other times, there are Rick Wakeman style arpeggios on the organ, though it's by no means derivative. The album's longest track is the ten-minute "Her Voice," which features a great guitar solo that leads into an unexpected free section where the tempo goes out the window and weird effects take over. The band gradually works their way out of that in a most satisfying way. Langley's strong lead vocals are one of the band's most prominent features, and two other members contribute vocally as well. There are some nice string arrangements on a few tunes, adding another flavor to the recipe. The "Overture" in the middle of the set provides the most complex instrumental arrangements, jumping through a number of metric hoops, leaping acrobatically around some nice melodies. In short, A Lifeblood Psalm presents a good balance of accessibility and complexity, maybe a little tame for a die-hard RIO fan, but there's more to life than dark chamber rock. There's a sweet spot out there where you find The Underground Railroad and a few other bands, and The Twenty Committee has earned a spot in that company.

Filed under: New releases, 2013 releases

Related artist(s): The Twenty Committee

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Qwaarn - Aberrations – Qwaarn is an extremely odd name for a band, and they provide no further explanation in the package. I think that Qwaarn is supposed to be an alien; and I guess it is his picture on the CD cover....  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues