Review – Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band

Album: Banned
Release Date: June 25, 2021
Genre: Alternative Psychedelic Jazz

Banned is the latest project from a collaboration of Ontario artists Yves Jarvis and Romy Lightman, known as Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band.

Describing this record has been a little bit of a challenge, as it is a mixture of different genres. It has the influence of Jamaican music with the steel drums mixed with jazz influences particularly with the chaotic sounds of artists such as Uyama Hiroto and the calmness of the east Indian sitar. Musically, it is the sound of trying to find oneself in whatever way you find yourself like meditation or just vibing with some chill music.

Standout tracks include “Ancient Chain”, which sounds like a bastardization of a track from Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club by an indie band called The Beatles with the use of the simple but complicated patterns of the drums accompanied by psychedelic guitars. “Elastic Band” is a psychedelic journey through the cosmos. It feels like the culmination of a summer of love mixed with synth-sounding vibes.

Overall, the release is an ephemeral intimacy and invitation to express feelings that can only occur when artists welcome listeners into their private world.

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