Technicolor Lenses Releases New EP Oracle
“No More Monopoly” starts off with a bouncing, churning beat. Anchored by Jackson’s steady flow, the lyrics about music, life, the government, and human consciousness keep up perfectly with the track’s eclectic sound. Technicolor Lenses is heavily into the expansion of consciousness and Jackson’s lyrics perfectly reflect the vision of interconnected humanity and self-reflection.
The title track, “Oracle,” is the best of the bunch. Out of the gates, Jackson’s lyrics sound like a perfect mission statement:
Synergetic cinematic dramatic intergalactic
Compatible apparatus drastically crafting a status
Screeching a feature a teacher unleashing beats
And steezing for a reason to reach you from the mountains to street
Looking to enlighten others through their sound, you can tell the band is looking to a future where they’re sharing their work by touring across the globe. The instrumentation on this track is simply beautiful. The guitar in the last minute calls to mind classic psychedelic rock and is both surprising and a perfect complement to this journey of a song.
“Walking On” comes out strong with Jackson spitting rhymes about the self-sabotage we all can fall into from our negative thoughts. After the trippy ending of “Oracle” it is good to see the MC return with intensity right out of the gate for the final track. “Walking On” brings to mind the feeling of walking through many a dusty festival road, alone with your friends and your thoughts. The following verses are surprisingly self- aware and filled with a little humor about the intricacy of their sound:
Fumbling and crumbling in a sea of a ton of rhymes
Living and we rumble in the rubble of a subtle bubble
No rebuttal in the beat I mumble and I cuddle
Lost in the world and I’m launching a shuttle
Feeling energy from a shove to a snuggle
Buzz and bumble the instrumental I pummel
Like a more EDM festival-friendly Madlib or Deltron, I can easily see Technicolor Lenses leading a new generation of psychedelic hip hop heads on a spiritual journey at shows and festivals. Just three releases in, they already have a refined sound and vision that makes them intriguing to follow. With this quality of work, I’m glad to see this band getting the gigs they deserve.
With dates scheduled across May, June, and July at great venues such as Sullivan Hall in NYC on June 14th, the Come Up Festival in Mohawk, NY on July 20th, Gratify Music and Arts Festival in Westminster, SC, on July 25th, and many more, try to catch this band at one of their stops!
If you dig this sound, make sure to keep up on new news and show dates from their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Technicolor-Lenses/193520407349006