Pareidolon – Aporía (Shine Productions, 2017)
Pareidolon is a Canadian progressive rock and hard rock act led by ensemble led by bassist and composer Lachlan Tocher. All the members of Pareidolon are graduates from the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology program.
Aporía contains 6 tracks. The highlights are the three progressive rock-leaning pieces: “The Tunnel”, “Leave” and “Good Morning.”
“The Tunnel” features a mesmerizing mix of mellotron, piano and bass along with tasty synth and guitar solos and a fine mix of male and female vocals.
“Leave” is a great suite containing mellotron, dreamy female vocals and dual guitar work.
Piano and natural sounds are the essence of the evocative instrumental “Good Morning.”
Two other tracks are essentially hard rock efforts and the last track introduces heavy metal.
The lineup includes Lachlan Tocher on bass and mellotron; Brittany Keller on vocals; Jonathan Kwak on vocals; Ashley Pearce on guitar; Branden Green on guitar; Anna Backus on piano and synths; and Aybars Savat on drums.
There seem to be two elemental forces in the band, pushing and pulling. The progressive side is obviously the most appealing, forward-thinking, with great potential.