New Sun — Fractured
(Blue Seven NS101, 1995, CD)
by Jeff Melton, Published 1997-02-01
New Sun is a heavily Crimson-influenced band with two lead effects-based guitars and a solid rhythm section. DL Erickson holds down the rhythm patterns and also takes a few solos in the vein of the venerated prog icon, Robert Fripp. Chris Scott (the other guitarist) is a noticeable focal point of the band where his lead vocal at times reminds me of Warren Zevon ( an odd mix for a proggish band). Chris' guitar is more loose, drawing on a more free, less restrained approach as indicated on the "Intro" and "Indecisions." Fractured is a very European sounding disc, comparable at times the mode of 70s Krautrock (e.g. Kraan). Song development is based on arpeggios and exchange between the technical and emotional feel. What works well within this context is when the two guitarist mesh contrasting styles as on the notable tracks, "Then and Now" and "Glass." The rhythm section is very busy and engaging, demonstrating good timing and interplay. Chris Trujillo’s crisp high-hat and cymbal work is captured by some good engineering work where he's not buried in what could have been a guitar heavy mix. On the track "Remembering You," Monica Pasqual adds the only distinct vocal of note on the disc, but this is really an instrumental band. Engineering is very clean through noticeable separation between instruments. A good start to a work in progress which hopefully will see another product from in 1997.
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