Progressive and psychedelic rock aren’t for everyone… and, admittedly, they’re not always for me. Sure, I’ll sing along to “Today’s Tom Sawyee” ala Paul Rudd and Jason Seigel in I Love You Man on occasion. However, the number of prog bands that I truly appreciate and regularly listen to are basically limited to Mars Volta and… well… Mars Volta.
Add a second to that list, NYC’s Vast Caldera, the solo project from talented musician Justin Weiss. Obsessed with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and making electronic music, Weiss’s sound is melodic and entrancing. On Vast Caldera I, the listener is treated to five tracks of sprawling psych, prog, funk, and electronica in a unique blend that is sure to perk up some ears. Layers of progressive metallic guitars, driving beats, and funky rhythms make the 17 minute EP a great way to start the day, fuel a writing session, or float away into a much needed contemplative break from the here and now.
Fans of Mars Volta, Black Keys, classic psychedelic rock, and the groovier side of Nine Inch Nails will find a new release for their heavy rotation. From the opening piano interlude of “Romance” through the funk-laden “Glory” and powerful closing moments of “Dawn”, this is a cover to cover listen without even a moment to skip over.