As I was getting ready to write this review in the midst of an eternal heatwave that just got worse as they cut off some trees that brought some sort of fresh air into the house – the first thing that comes to mind as I listen to Last Charge of the Light Horse’s Race To The Sound was that there was a mistake and I was listening to someone’s else record. And by “someone else” I mean, Placebo.
Fair enough, Jean-Paul Vest’s vocal aren’t as nasal as Brian Molko, however, there’s a reminiscent to this band and other highly influential band from very diverse genre.
Now, these comparisons can either mean two things: this band is a ripoff or a very talented and eclectic one. And as you progress through the album, you most likely feel it is the latter. Truth is Vest and his veterans musicians drive themselves in between different waters and sonic roads with no effort whatsoever. The way each song leads to the other shows the great production and mixing process.
“Where The Winter Ends” starts the album with such a dark and moody energy that goes up and down both in the tempo and the feelings it conveys. “What If” is a much rather brighter song where the Alternative undertones of the former changes for something much more progressive in the veins of Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree. “This Room” once goes for a whole new direction as the band adds new layers and strings instruments that gives the track a very solemn touch that reminds to a sadder version of Toto or Damien Rice, minus the piano. We could go on and on, but trust me all you can expect is new and interesting thing with each song becoming more and more interesting.
There isn’t exactly any negative things to report, again, at first you may find yourself conflicted for certain similarities between these folks and other much popular bands. But as the album progresses, this would definitely go away and all it would be left is the feeling of joy as you find a new group to adore in a time where this gets harder and harder as time goes by.
Criteria - 95%
In the end, Race To The Sound is exactly that – the quest for perfect melodies and harmonies that meet in a cohesive or rather despair way. Never mind the case, all you got left is a ride you will never forget. A trip into often psychedelic, other times dark creative mind of those who comprise Last Charge of the Light Horse.