"Already Dead, trustworthy purveyors of solid modern “Rock” (among countless other conceivable genres, barring reggae and opera) don’t disappoint with this new release to quench your air guitar/air drumming needs. It’s called 'You Are Lost Anyway' and its authors are German prog rock/psych band, Excessive Visage. I’m going in cold/unbiased, previously being unacquainted with any of their prior work. As always, it’s a treat, getting to preview/review these albums ahead of time!
The album starts off on some Sunburned Hand of the Man/No-Neck Blues Band-style earthy, improv weirdness (quickly abandoned for the remainder of the album) before shifting gears into a playful, whimsical Syd Barrett-esque psych-pop jam. Around five minutes into the song is a crunchy, bluesy fuzz guitar solo that builds into some haunting male and female vocal dueling. This is definitely an “album” album, no need to break it down track by track. It’s epic and cinematic. Intentional or not, there are nods to ELP, Yes, Genesis and the like, but also The Mars Volta and The Sound of Animals Fighting. The vocals are uniformly gorgeous. My favorite track upon the first couple of listens is “Ron,” for what it’s worth.
Expect lots of jazzy percussion, math rock-isms, ridiculous distorted guitar tones, soaring female vocals, and an overall professional hi-fi sound. Play this one on a good sound system! “Your nose is hairy!”
There’s a buttload of ‘70s rock moves, sick guitar riffs, and memorable melodies, all played professionally and capably. These blokes are actual musicians. Definitely good driving music; throw this one on the tape deck while traversing the great highways of the haunted universal road zone. Perhaps I’ll cross paths with them a year from now (the time of this writing) in Germany."
- David Drucker, Already Dead Tapes, 2017
released November 3, 2017
YOU ARE LOST ANYWAY
was produced, mixed and mastered by torsten lang
all songs written by excessive visage
all lyrics by Christoph Dehne Simon Preuß, Albrecht Schumann, Torsten Lang and Larissa Blau
and furthermore resculpted and polished by Torsten Lang and Larissa Blau
Larissa Blau – Vocals, Slide Whistle
Torsten Lang – Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Synthesizer, Fender Rhodes, Theremin
Simon Preuß – Bass (Supernova, Black Hole Eternity And The Space, Polished Eyes, Transfixed Reveria) and atmo recordings in Dragged In, Nothing Nothing
Christoph Dehne – Drums
The Ghost Of Christmas Past – backing vocals (Dragged In)
Falk Meutzner – Schreie (Buried In Gold)
artwork by Xaver Xylophon
Enni, Nico, Falk, Xaver, Rafael Espinoza, Rieko, Alb, unsere Mamas und Papas, Richi, Martin Preikschas, Troy, Kai, Christoph Niemeyer, Dino, Alexander Khuon, Joshua Tabbia, Alain Lefebvre, Olof, Rian, Johannes und Peter Till, Distilled & Bottled and you, yes I'm talking to you!