Never been a big Cult of Luna fan, but I’ve been digging their new album Mariner. It’s a concept album about space travel, and really captures a sense of vastness, wonder, danger and paranoia. To draw a cinematic parallel (and it does feel cinematic), Mariner feels like a mashup between 2001, Interstellar and Sunshine. A lot of credit has to go to guest vocalist Julie Christmas, who really expands the band’s range with her incredible vocal repertoire: I’d actually go so far as to say she has talent to rival Mike Patton with the way she can go from paranoiac ravings in songs like “Chevron” to the incredibly layered melodic climax of “Wreck of the S.S. Needle”, all while maintaining a very believable sense of character to her lyrical delivery.
Anyway, this is one worth checking out. Definitely one of those albums you want to set aside some time to listen to in its entirety. Give it your full attention and you won’t be disappointed.