While everyone’s coming-of-age story differs, the shared sentiments are the indescribable feelings of being absolutely lost. And despite the societal notion, there are many moments in life that grow from this transition in later years.
Denver-based band, Vega Maestro, highlight the middle point of learning and possibly finding enlightenment on their garage-psych track “The Curriculum” taken off their recent album Hello Voyeur. Fused with samples from a 1992 interview with Ram Dass, conducted by Terence McKenna, the track’s own path and lines take many cues from Dass’ sage conversation to ultimately develop into a becoming-of-age story.
Ram: … “Emmanuel, what am I doing here? Who made this error? What am I doing on this plane?”, He said, “you’re in school, why don’t you try taking the curriculum?”.
Terence: And the curriculum is…?
“The Curriculum” swirls in a pit of noise that bleeds evenly with Dass’ interview, basically setting up the band’s thoughts. Lead vocals are at first singular, and one dimensional with rarely any quivers of insecurities, juxtaposing the verse. They play easily for an indie-rock soundscape but find a sweet cadence with the track’s marriage between garage, psych, and alt rock. Futuristic bites of noise pop are eloquently strewn together, along with a power pop hook, to complement the matter-of-fact vocals.
That is merely only one segment of the track though. Pushed back into samples of the interview, the track takes an extended break. Garage rock plucks consume “The Curriculum” for an eclectic instrumental pause that commands attention. The discord of emotions are prominently shown during this part and mildly bright, right before full eruptions. And it seems that Vega Maestro take cues from The Flaming Lips for an experimental, and noise rock session.
It’s very easy to get lost in sound and translation with long breaks and experimental quips for almost six minutes, yet, the band pulls through. Riding the wave of abstract noises before returning to the equally catchy lines of encouragement, the band’s interpretation of life comes from an obvious craft of love. “The Curriculum” is a strong ignition for the band and we very well look forward to future releases and growth in sound.