Nashville-based band Lines in the Sky is described as an alternative rock band and also a progressive rock band. Their new album Parallel Travel points more towards the alternative rock direction.
It’s true that the trio includes three great instrumentalists, who deliver notable guitar, bass and drum work. But the majority of the songs are fundamentally alternative rock.
The album opens with one of the best cuts, “History.” It’s an intimate song with beautiful vocal work accompanied by piano and ambient synths. Very different from the rest of the album.
Another high point is the piece “Admiral” that includes excellent instrumental sections showcasing great guitar, bass and drum work.
The high point is the final track, titled “Ocean,” where Lines in the Sky decide to explore their progressive side. The vocals and guitars quickly indicate that there are good things to come. “Ocean” grows into an epic with memorable progressive rock guitar work and a delightful laid back conclusion. I’d love to hear more of this side of the band.
The lineup on the album includes brothers Jesse and Bowman Brock and Zack Wakefield. Jesse is on lead vocals, guitar, backing vocals, keyboards and programming; Bowman plays drums and percussion; and their colleague Zack Wakefield is on bass and vocals. Stephanie Middletown makes a guest appearance on backing vocals.
Lines in the Sky by Parallel Travel shows us a young rock band with tremendous potential.