Prog will never die. It continues to take on many forms. In the 80s it was fantasy laden metal. In the 90s it seemed to either carry angst or was spawned from the displaced children of the Great Dead into hordes of jam bands who played more than they wrote songs. Then the 2000s have seen math-rock mesh with 60s influenced indie rock which are the roots Debris of Titan have grown from. It's interesting to see these kids take on it today as another generation has discovers it by sites like Spotify or searching thrift stores for vinyl. These youngsters from New York give it a slacker sheen of indie rock and garage psychedelics that cause this to it fall closer to what was once called art rock. Many of the early prog bands which came out of the psychedelic scene of the 60s, Pink Floyd being one of the most noted, played art galleries rather than bars since no one was going to drink to something that heady. The first song builds into a din and is a snap shot into wonderment, where their single "Anime" is a more fully realized song that stands on it's own two bell bottoms. There is a slight Beatles influence or the influence of bands influenced by the Beatles that coats this song.
There is a looser jazz like feel to the more jammy "Where did it all Go". This is the first song where the band’s playing shows hints of chops adventurous enough to earn the prog title. The guitar solo rides in on a distant wave of feedback and is more of a sonic texture than even Hendrix styled shredding. "Sleep With Me "is rather literal as it possess a more slumbering atmosphere than anything that would suggest something sexual, in fact the fey falsettos give the songs an asexual atmosphere. They conjure up this opiate induced lullaby that drifts on its dream like current. While it defies your more typical notions of where a song should go and floats into a more cerebral realm.
The clearest display of their playing lies in the guitar that opens up "In Nova's Bedroom". The guitar is picked out in an intricate pattern that reminds me of Yes' Steve Howe. The vocals provide atmosphere to the background rather starting off as a focal point of the song. Overall this trippy listen shows tons of promise with its organic weirdness and penchant for layers of unexpected sounds bouncing off one another. For a band this young moments like “Nova’s Bedroom” will drop your jaw. If you are looking for some well crafted weirdness with a 60s after taste and coating of indie rock then here is an album for you, make sure to hunt it down when it is released on October 23rd, but for an early taste click on the player below and tune in and drop out.