Exposé Online banner

Trance Lucid — Palace of Ether
((Not on label) AM01313, 2013, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2013-08-28

Palace of Ether Cover art

It appears that Trance Lucid has been around in one form or another since the mid-90s, with four previous CDs in their catalog, though this is the first I've heard of them. They are currently a guitar/keys/drums trio based in the Bay Area; Dave Halverson is the guitarist and composer, and also handles bass parts (save one track which features a guest), while Terry Lee is on drums and Richard Bugbee plays the keyboards. This is instrumental rock with some tendencies toward prog and fusion, though it doesn't really fall in either genre. Nearly all the tracks feature multiple guitar parts, including a wide variety of sounds, from acoustic to distorted electric to the occasional twangy sitar-like bit. Halverson's playing doesn't really sound derivative of anyone in particular, and while the listener is never blown away by flashy technique, the playing is solid and enjoyable. The comparisons on CD Baby to King Crimson and Mahavishnu Orchestra seem way off base — there is nothing here as dark or furious as either of those bands, but when taken on its own merits, there's a lot to like. From time to time, it seems like there's something missing, as if we're hearing the backing tracks for some other instrument that didn't show up. Still, it's a solid effort, with a couple of tracks that stand out, and I'm curious to check out Trance Lucid's previous releases.


Filed under: New releases, 2013 releases

Related artist(s): Trance Lucid

More info
http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/trancelucid5

Latest news

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

2018-02-26
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more

2018-02-18
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Debase - Unleashed – Debase is another of Noise Records' recently signed European acts to try their hand at high profile metal. Hailing from the small town of Malmö, Sweden, the quintet does its best to wade through a...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues