NMM SoundBytes: NYC’s King Analog Transports Listener with Riff-Heavy Prog Rock

The lead track and first single from King Analog’s new self-titled release, “Transporter”, is a wonderful instrumental prog-rock track that oozes the grooviness of Hendrix, the shredding of modern heavy metal, and the druggy haze of Floyd all in one. Unlike many progressive tracks, it’s a radio-friendly 3 and a half minutes, but that doesn’t mean it holds back on the tempo changes, fantastic instrumentation, and creativity that are a hallmark of the genre.

First, we hear a change around the 45 second mark, breaking the song open a bit from its initial groove. Then around the 100 second mark, the song really opens up and we begin to hear that more metallic influence and the heavy shredding. Yet, from start to finish, whether in its more contemplative moments or in its more furious ones, it maintains a perfect melodic rhythm section and a wonderful continuity.

The psychedelic nature of the song really comes out more with the music video, as the psych elements are pairs with trippy visuals that unlock the psych-rock elements of the song in a picture perfect form. The song and accompanying video are a perfect entry into the album, which provides more of the same, while allowing each track to shine individually, as well. While the metal influence rocks harder in some tracks, others really lean heavier into the psychedelia. “Transporter” serves as that first step to “transport” you into the wild and wonderful world of King Analog.

You can check out the full album below or directly at Bandcamp or follow the the band on their Facebook page.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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