Lucid Fly Talk “Building Castles In Air”

Lucid Fly have recently released their album Building Castles In Air, in this article they take us behind the meanings of the tracks and what the album means to them.
More than anything we’ve done so far, all the songs on this album have a cohesive theme. They each reflect on the trials, obstacles, and the strange things we go through, which are often dark times in life at the time — yet we pull through and there is always a sense of hope and of achieving our dreams. This often comes through introspection, balance with nature, synchronicities and spiritual experiences, and in the end, we are stronger for having gone through these things.
 
1) Billowy and Broken is realizing that no matter what you go through in life…there’s always a silver lining. Life goes on after a tragedy, although you never forget, you continue to live and make new experiences.
2) Circles Into Squares is about expectations you have for yourself and comparing them to where you are presently in the moment. There are so many times that you wonder if you are doing the right thing, and you wish you were further along in your pursuits. There are obstacles that you come up against that make you doubt yourself, but you keep going despite the challenges.
3) Mascot is about synchronicities and how a symbol can connect people and memories. When you see something random a first time, it may trigger a thought or emotion. But seeing it a second time, it becomes a pattern, and even a message.  This song is about one of those things that keeps popping up everywhere, too much to be random, and becomes attached to a moment or place.
 
4) No I In Voice is about greed – sometimes in life people lose their right to speak by no choice of their own. This song was written about a specific circumstance where someone was losing their job. Change was going to happen regardless, beyond the person’s control. And there were “friends” who were ready to step right in and take over.
5) Ribbons is about letting go, forgiveness; things you learn about yourself after losing someone. Ribbons is the deepest lyrical content on the album for me. It’s an ode to my mother who passed. This is a song that really helped me through the healing process and allowed me to express my emotions and ultimately grow from the loss.
6) Visions of Grandeur is about dreaming big – if you can dream it you can do it. The idea for the song came from a dream I had…about me daydreaming as a child. I remember always laying on the grass, looking up at the cloud formations, and daydreaming. Nothing ever seemed unreachable.
7) Follow Through is a note to self… finish what you start. There was a time when I got fed up with never finishing things that I started. Out of frustration and also as a kick in the arse…I made a pact with myself and I wrote this song as a note to myself to finish what I start.
8) Next To Strange is about paranoia and judging others by what we see. This was inspired by a neighbor who was constantly outside, just lurking around, staring at people and things.  She clearly has a story, but from a distance, it’s so easy to fill in the blanks     and create one in your mind, and label that person as crazy.
9) The Opposite is that moment you realize a relationship is done (and the inner dialogue that goes with it). A person clearly wanted the relationship to be over, and made every excuse to be unhappy and create conflict. So this song was about the moment when you realize it’s over.
10) Paperthin is imagining a view from space and having a spiritual epiphany that we are all separate and one. This song was inspired by a documentary that we watched about astronauts who go to space and end up having a spiritual epiphany when they look back at the earth from space. They realise that all the conflicts, injustice, petty things are insignificant and that we are all really one.

Lucid Fly – Building Castles In Air

A breath of fresh air today with alternative/progressive/dark rock band Lucid Fly and their debut album Building Castles In Air, due for release 11th November. They are not your typical prog rock act – the frontwoman Nikki has a beautifully dark voice, similar to Kelsey of Kelsey & The Chaos. The band, amongst other things, played Progressive Nation at Sea 2014 (alongside Periphery, Haken, Riverside, etc) – they were one of 17 hand-picked by Mike Portnoy for the New Millennium Stage.

Building Castles In Air is one of those albums that would not be out of place either in an alternative nightclub in the middle of the night, or on someone’s iPod when they can’t sleep. The guitar riffs are both heavy and yet otherworldly and chilling at the same time. The vocals are soft and powerful simultaneously. The drums are cymbal heavy yet not too harsh or too “metal”. Whatever it is that Lucid Fly are doing with their songwriting process, they’ve nailed it perfectly.

Mascot introduces harmonies in the chorus for the first time on the album, obviously all performed in the recording studio by vocalist Nikki, but it works really well in that setting and in the song. It would be great to see how she pulls it off live.

The first two tracks of the album (Billowy and Broken and Circles Into Squares) are heavier before mellowing out at Mascot and completely chilling out at No I In VoiceLucid Fly are incredible at exploring different tempos and styles within the same genre. Their unique sound is what pulls the entire album together.

 

Things pick up the pace again at Ribbons, which is well placed in the middle of the album. Visions Of Grandeur follows, the lyric video for which has been released on Lucid Fly‘s YouTube and is the first official single to be released from Building Castles In The Air.

The album ebbs and flows like the tide and the listener just bobs along with it, absorbing and enjoying every moment. The end of the album isn’t quite as good as the beginning, however that’s not to say that it’s not great too. All the instruments blend together really well, creating that unique sound that once heard, cannot be forgotten.

The final track of the album is the title track, Building Castles In Air is one of the best tracks on the album. It rounds everything off nicely, following in the same vein as the rest of the album but somehow sitting apart. Perhaps it’s the lyrical content that sets it above the rest of the album, perhaps it’s the guitar riff, perhaps it’s a combination of the two. The only criticism is that some of the songs sounds too similar, however as the listener visits the album over and over again, the differences between tracks will become clearer.