Launching a concept album has always been difficult. Now, getting the concept off the ground is approaching the impossible. In the 1960s and 1970s, music lovers would buy an album, drop the needle, and pay attention to each song. If the album was thematic and the songs were well written, the messaging was recognized. The Who had success with their Rock Operas (“Tommy” and “Quadrophenia”) and The Moody Blues were almost cult-like, until they announced to saddened followers, “We’re just singers in a Rock and Roll band.”
of light and clarity. It’s an album which struggles with the relentless march of time but is consumed with finding grace and beauty in life’s tiny moments. It’s desolate yet dense all the same. It’s about your friends and lovers drifting away; the distance between you and your sun-bleached childhood memories; the emptiness and aftermath of our addictions; the sadness of watching the ones you love die; and our constant struggle against apathy."
“Slow to Reveal” by Instant Empire (Sheepishly, we are only posting our favorite song from the concept album.)