Exposé Online banner

Lunar Chateau — Lunar Chateau
(Musea FGBG 4117.AR, 1994, CD)

by Henry Schneider, 1995-03-01:

Lunar Chateau  Cover art

Lunar Chateau is a new band from the United States formed by the Sekulovich brothers, Novak (keyboards and vocals), Paul (bass guitar and lead vocals), and Milo (drums). Based on this information you might jump to the conclusion that Lunar Chateau would be an ELP clone. Not! Even though you can hear Keith Emerson’s influence on the two instrumentals, "The Thrust" and "Metropolis," the remaining music has closer ties to Camel and the Italian progressives. Paul’s mellow tenor, a mixture of Richard Sinclair and Jon Anderson, takes you on a very pleasant musical journey. The songs are well crafted and loaded with those little hooks that keep the music and lyrics running through your mind hours and even days later. The music itself is quite lyrical and complex. The best moments are Novak’s beautiful piano solos. Interestingly enough, Milo’s understated drumming in no way prepares you for the machine gun pyrotechnics on his three-minute drum solo piece, "Fearless." Lunar Chateau is a very well executed album and is one of the best of Musea’s contemporary releases. It certainly proves the United States is capable of producing quality neo-progressive music. By all means give Lunar Chateau a spin on your player.


by Peter Thelen, 1995-03-01:

Why does an American band go to France to get their CD released? So fans at home can buy it as an expensive import? Some things I'll never understand. Lunar Chateau are three brothers — Novak, Paul and Milo Sekulovich on keys, bass and lead vocals, and drums respectively, from Wisconsin. Their music is for the most part an accessible blend of melodic rock with some progressive underpinnings, all tied together by Novak's outstanding keyboard work. One would expect — with a three-piece keyboard driven lineup, that the band would have a strong ELP influence, but this is clearly not the case as the writing is propelled more in an accessible direction without many overt classical influences. All but three tracks feature vocals, which seem to be most at home backed by piano as on "Ancestors" or in combination with synths as on "Brothers in Blood," yet the vocals throughout are very simple (unexpressive) and plain, the lyrics being enunciated to annoying crystal clear perfection. While the music tends to be on the lighter side, the basic compositions are solid and catchy, and there are some nice changes and beautiful piano solos, as on "Aurora Borealis" and several others. Worthy of special note is the track "Fearless," where Milo shows what he can do left alone on the kit. Unfortunately, too often throughout the album the overall result is just too pure, clean and happy for my tastes. It needs to rock a little harder, too, although I'm sure there are some who would like this just the way it is. These guys are definitely talented and show a lot of promise.

Filed under: New releases , Issue 6 , 1994 releases

Related artist(s): Lunar Chateau

More info

Latest news

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Viola Crayola - Music: Breathing of Statues – OK, so Music: Breathing of Statues is an artsy, pretentious title, and more than a little odd. One of the odd things about it is that the music on the album is not really pretentious at all,...  (2007) » Read more

Sally French - The Other Side – Fans of Annie Haslam listen up. If you're into powerful female voices backed with rich symphonics, then Sally French delivers the goods. The comparison with Renaissance has a solid base, but...  (1995) » Read more

Gongzilla - Suffer – First of all, Gongzilla's Suffer isn't the non-stop smokin' and jammin' album some people think it is. Rather, it's well balanced, with both excellent guitar work (by Bon Lozaga...  (1995) » Read more

Crime in Choir - Crime in Choir, The Hoop & Trumpery Metier – This instrumental San Francisco based outfit started out life in 2000 as a guitar / bass / drums / keyboards quartet, adopting a somewhat psychedelic groove-based jamming style mixed with elements of...  (2008) » Read more

Reinhard Flatischler + Megadrums - Layers of Time – I've never heard of this fine musician before now, but if I had one bit of advice to give him I'd say, "Call up Manfred Eicher, pronto!" This release would fit sparklingly well on...  (1997) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues