Queen Frequency & The Twats Take Us On A Spiritual Journey On Their New Album 'Observations Of A Lonely Planet, Part I'
If there is one thing we can count on these days, it is that psych-rock and concept albums will always come as a pair. With bands like The Flaming Lips and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard reviving the concept release for modern audiences in recent years, they have opened the doors for acts like Queen Frequency & The Twats to take the idea and run with it as far as they can. Now after a few small single offerings this year, the band return with their concept LP 'Observations Of A Lonely Planet, Part I', a record that showcases their bold and diverse intentions.
Described as a retrospective story about the demise of Earth told through a classroom setting, similar to Kanye West’s ‘College Dropout’ and Lauryn Hill’s ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’, 'Observations Of A Lonely Planet, Part I' instantly looks to establish its storyline and premise right from the start. Mixing recordings of a teacher and her pupils going over what happened to the planet and their own ambitious, psychedelic direction, this collection slowly begins to reveal itself with every song that follows.
Creating a rich and diverse atmosphere in which to tell their story gives this a far more captivating feel than most. Some concept albums like to branch out into new and adventurous territory, but this keeps a firm hold on its sound, making it far easier to digest the content they are looking to present, and delivering a more solid and driven release that takes its time as much as it looks to impress.
In all, 'Observations Of A Lonely Planet, Part I' is a broad and vibrant release from a band who clearly know what they want to achieve. Even with the storyline taken away, it still makes for an engaging listen that rarely falters, and gives huge promise to the outfit in the years ahead.