Friday, November 23, 2012

Album Review: Passengers

Title:  Passengers (BandCamp)

The Racer’s sophomore full-length (though the fist under this moniker), Passengers, is a dark and moody record of layered songs.  With hints of Radiohead, Joy Division, and U2, The Racer has created an album that is lush with an atmosphere that overtakes the listener.  The sounds on Passengers are big with highs and lows that drive the music in ways that are not often heard.  There is also a continuity to the record that according to the band’s website was by design –
While not a proper “concept album,” the self-released sophomore effort, produced by Mike Kalajian, is a deliberate and imaginative exploration of the moment-of-death soul searching that occurs in the wake of a devastating fictional accident. Every aspect, from the lyrics and musical arrangements to the recording process and artwork, was approached under the pretext of this narrative.

That dark nature and murky experience is more than evident in the record.  Passengers is a masterful piece of work and if this is any indication of this band’s potential, they should go quite far.   

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