San Francisco avant-gardists Lotus Thief are ready to spellbind you with the sophisticated soundscapes of the third full length “Oresteia” inspired by the ancient Greek tragedy by Aeschylus.
Dramatic feelings linger throughout “Agamennon” which already feels like a theatrical opus best enjoyed in a nocturnal setting to appreciate the inner darkened torments and the elegant atmospheric arrangements that surround the hypnotic vocals. While the compelling melodies at times can sound fragile like a fading dream there are plenty of heavier dynamics as guitars deliver intense riffage with grave doom tonalities further amplified by some ominous growls.
“Libation Bearers” lies within a gloomy atmospheric ensemble that embraces sultry melodic waves and passionate vocals while the fiery rhythmic section focuses on a darkened post rock momentum that at the same time enhances the groovy patterns and the arcane essence.
The complex theatrical nature of “The Furies” becomes evident since the initial combo of dramatic choirs and mystical atmosphere that will naturally evolve into a cathartic blend of obscure heavier segments and soulful guitar melodies leading to an epic crescendo.
“Sister In Silence” begins with hazy multilayered atmospheric arrangements that take you far away but soon the instrumental ensemble unravels an exquisite poetic soul through poignant violin and guitar melodies accompanied by contemplative vocal harmonies in contrast with the brief yet increasingly darker rhythmic momentum.
The mythical narratives and the diverse tonalities render “Oresteia” a particularly intriguing & memorable work of music and Lotus Thief constantly take the opportunity to sincerely express a multitude of emotions through words and melodies.