7 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Oakland, Calif., band Lumerians have learned to trip out in the '60s style of the word "psychedelic" and by the definitions from the '90s and the 21st century. This isn’t just a group that makes hypnotic patterns with organic instruments or one that turns up the electronics to create a wailing wall of shoegazing—it's an ensemble unafraid of creating a modern web with random electronics and even alluring narration. “Life Without Skin” is a rock-based version of trip-hop. Take away the usual stumbling rhythms and instead vacillate between solid midtempo grooves and the higher-gear motorik style of Krautrock, and you have some idea of the transformative beauty locked within these seven glorious tracks. “Dogon Genesis” and the title track play closer to Spacemen 3–like cosmic rock, but even there the group creates textures purely its own. For a bit of cool exotica, there’s "Abudhabijhab,” with its ‘80s electronic Nico–meets–Middle Eastern vibe. It’s a true advancement of sound for a band that’s been promising this masterwork for some time.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Oakland, Calif., band Lumerians have learned to trip out in the '60s style of the word "psychedelic" and by the definitions from the '90s and the 21st century. This isn’t just a group that makes hypnotic patterns with organic instruments or one that turns up the electronics to create a wailing wall of shoegazing—it's an ensemble unafraid of creating a modern web with random electronics and even alluring narration. “Life Without Skin” is a rock-based version of trip-hop. Take away the usual stumbling rhythms and instead vacillate between solid midtempo grooves and the higher-gear motorik style of Krautrock, and you have some idea of the transformative beauty locked within these seven glorious tracks. “Dogon Genesis” and the title track play closer to Spacemen 3–like cosmic rock, but even there the group creates textures purely its own. For a bit of cool exotica, there’s "Abudhabijhab,” with its ‘80s electronic Nico–meets–Middle Eastern vibe. It’s a true advancement of sound for a band that’s been promising this masterwork for some time.

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About Lumerians

Combining brain-bending visuals with a murky, chilled-out sound, it's clear that Bay Area quintet Lumerians are out to blow minds. Based out of Oakland, California, the garage psych outfit, consisting of Tyler Green, Luis Vasquez, Christopher Musgrave, Marc Melzer, and Jason Miller, layers its rhythm-heavy sound with deep bass, synthesizers, and drifting guitars, creating music that's highly exploratory while maintaining enough of a groove to get people's feet moving. The band made its debut in 2008 with a self-titled, self-released EP. After hooking up with Knitting Factory Records, the band released its first full-length, Transmalinnia, in 2011, and 2012 saw two lesser releases from the band, the Horizon Structures EP and Transmissions from Telos, Vol. 4, a limited vinyl-only release. The band followed in 2013 with its next full-length, The High Frontier. ~ Gregory Heaney

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