Lucid, the impressively complete debut album by Chicago bassist and multi-instrumentalist Graham Czach, is a viscerally exciting, emotionally stimulating, and intellectually replete album. Through the use of lush chords, soaring melodies, and first class musicianship, some tracks reach a frenzied peak, while other moments are meditative and contemplative. The opening tracks flow seamlessly into each other, while lyrically giving some insight to the cover art, done by the legendary album artist Jeff Jordan (The Mars Volta). And from “Reincarnate”, through “Gather Round” (An obvious nod to the humanitarian exploits of John Lennon) all the way to Goodnight (Lily), Graham’s conceptual continuity is made apparent.
While Czach covered all of the vocals, basses, and most of the guitar parts himself, he surrounded himself with a truly killer line-up including Kris Myers on drums (Umphrey’s McGee), Matt Nelson on keys (Lupe Fiasco, Matthew Santos), and Chris Siebold on guitar (Howard Levy, Kick The Cat).
From hard rocking odd metered grooves, to four (and more) part vocal harmonies, to beautiful melodies, and flourishing string arrangements- this album has it all.
This passionate emotional album sparks universal thought, bringing us back to the future of music that has substance. With the music industry going down the tubes these days, so to speak, Graham has found a way to brink back the organic music that touches people through universal messages and snaps them out of the bubbles they live in from day to day. “Lucid” touches upon subjects like abortion, reincarnation, love, identity, and peace to name a few. With all the mass produced garbage coming out of the music industry today, this is a fresh delicacy for your ears.
What sets this album apart from the rest is the original style and sound of the music. You can hear all the influences yet it sounds like no one but Graham Czach. In a day and age overwhelmed by millions of artists who rely on technology to sound good, you can tell that this is the real deal. There is nothing fake or superficial about it. From the arrangements to the subtle atmosphere, he creates a world of promise and hope that will change lives and make people think.
Review on PowerPopaholic.com:
"Graham Czach is a creative and accomplished musician, composer, upright/electric bassist, vocalist and guitarist. “Lucid” is Graham’s debut album where he combines influences from being raised in a household where Led Zeppelin and the Beatles were playing constantly, to being educated and trained as a classical and jazz musician. If you're tired of John Mayers antics and want to hear a man with more talent, give this a shot. The classical composition is evident on the awesome "Abide" and the string filled "True Love." Fans of baroque pop and Eric Matthews will flip over this artist."