Lucid Recess Return with New Album
After a five-year hiatus, the Guwahati metallers release an 11-track record called ‘Alive and Aware’
Taking a cue fromÂ Kolkata-basedÂ electronica outfit Zoo,Â who released theirÂ debut album on a USB flashÂ drive back in 2012, alt-rockersÂ Lucid Recess recently releasedÂ their third full-lengthÂ album Alive and Aware on aÂ pen-drive. But moreÂ than being a decent attemptÂ at a marketingÂ stunt, the 11-track releaseÂ marks the band’sÂ return after a five-yearÂ lull. The alt-rock trio hasÂ been at it ever since theÂ release of Engraved InvitationsÂ , penningÂ songs soon after they putÂ out the debut album. However,Â recording only began in mid-Â 2014 in their Lucid Recess Studios,Â and was completed by December.Â Says vocalist/bassistÂ Amitabh Barooa, “By aroundÂ 2013, we were ready with moreÂ or less the entire album. But weÂ got very caught up with the studioÂ work, recording and producingÂ other bands, and somehowÂ the album kept gettingÂ pushed. Before we knew it, aÂ long time had gone by!”
“The basic concept of the album is our relationship with time.”
Lucid Recess, who recordedÂ local metal bands such asÂ Shades of Retribution and SilverÂ Tears [fronted by Girish PradhanÂ of rock band Girish and theÂ Chronicles] during this period,Â have returned with a moreÂ progressive sound on Alive andÂ Aware, evident on tracks likeÂ “The Clock ThatÂ Is Us” and “Madness”.Â The albumÂ also sees more involvementÂ fromÂ drummer ParthÂ Boro in the songwritingÂ process.Â While their debutÂ EP Carved Â dealt with a variety of social andÂ political issues, Alive and AwareÂ subtly hints towards more personalÂ subjects like love, lossÂ and grief. “The basic conceptÂ is our relationship with time;Â about how when we are youngÂ we are too eager to grow up,Â and when we grow up we are tooÂ stubborn to grow old. It also dealsÂ with a lot of issues we face byÂ virtue of being human beingsÂ ”” like love, loss and grief,” saysÂ Barooa.