Featured Album: The Dividing Island by Lansing-Dreiden
LANSING-DREIDEN: THE DIVIDING ISLAND ( Kemado)
WHO: Precisely. Multimedia art collective Lansing-Dreiden have long hid individual identities behind a group moniker. But overdue live performances last year listed 9 individuals, most of whom are assumed to hail from Miami and live in New York City. More live shows around the launch of this here album suggest that, like Kiss if not The Residents before them, anonymity may be a thing of their past.
WHAT: Aside from making albums, Lansing-Dreiden publish a literary magazine, Death Notice, and exhibit sculptures, drawings and videos. Their last release, A Sectioned Beam, was all layered sonic textures, but The Dividing Island is more visceral: either dark psychedelia that could have hailed from 1968, or synth-propelled mild electronica that could have been born of 1986.
WHY: “In the world depicted by Lansing-Dreiden, division and duality are not necessarily states of distinct sides. Progression and regression intermingle, ascension and descension flip-flop.” From the official press release.
WINNERS: Opener ‘Dividing Island’ and follow-on ‘Cement To Stone’ are both healthily mysterious melodic psychedelia such as Mojo magazine would surely enjoy unearthing; ‘Dethroning The Optimyth’ adds a suitably driving heavy guitar riff to conjure up some surprisingly contemporary prog-rock.
WORDS: “You’ve got to wonder what the story means, yes under all of us it goes unseen.” ‘Two Extremes.’
WHINE: Musically, the occasional detours into 80s Style Council synth pop detract from the 60s psychedelia. Creatively, it’s hard to take anything presented this pretentiously quite seriously. Which suggests that maybe it’s all tongue in cheek.
WEB: Don’t expect music or movies at lansing-dreiden.com, just a lot of Roman numerals leading you to information about releases and art performances prior and present. At the Kemado Records site, however, you can listen to and watch the video for the new single ‘A Line You Can’t Cross.’
WINE: It’s mysterious, magical, distinctly unusual and not a little full of itself. You might like to check it out with a bottle of the equally grand and timeless Château Musar. Assuming you can afford it.