Lucid, the impressively complete debut album by Chicago bassist and multi-instrumentalist Graham Czach, is a viscerally exciting, emotionally stimulating, and intellectually replete album. Through the use of lush chords, soaring melodies, and first class musicianship, some tracks reach a frenzied peak, while other moments are meditative and contemplative. The opening tracks flow seamlessly into each other, while lyrically giving some insight to the cover art, done by the legendary album artist Jeff Jordan (The Mars Volta). And from Reincarnate , through Gather Round (An obvious nod to the humanitarian exploits of John Lennon) all the way to Goodnight (Lily), Graham s conceptual continuity is made apparent. While Czach covered all of the vocals, basses, and most of the guitar parts himself, he surrounded himself with a truly killer line-up including Kris Myers on drums (Umphrey s McGee), Matt Nelson on keys (Lupe Fiasco, Matthew Santos), and Chris Siebold on guitar (Howard Levy, Kick The Cat). From hard rocking odd metered grooves, to four (and more) part vocal harmonies, to beautiful melodies, and flourishing string arrangements- this album has it all. This passionate emotional album sparks universal thought, bringing us back to the future of music that has substance. With the music industry going down the tubes these days, so to speak, Graham has found a way to brink back the organic music that touches people through universal messages and snaps them out of the bubbles they live in from day to day. Lucid touches upon subjects like abortion, reincarnation, love, identity, and peace to name a few. With all the mass produced garbage coming out of the music industry today, this is a fresh delicacy for your ears. What sets this album apart from the rest is the original style and sound of the music. You can hear all the influences yet it sounds like no one but Graham Czach. In a day and age overwhelmed by millions of artists who rely on technology to sound good, you can tell that this is the real deal. There is nothing fake or superficial about it. From the arrangements to the subtle atmosphere, he creates a world of promise and hope that will change lives and make people think.
VERSATILE CHICAGO BASED SINGER-SONGWRITER AND MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST FUSES MODERN AND PROGRESSIVE ROCK SENSIBILITIES WITH OLD SCHOOL SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS, MAKING THE WORLD MORE LUCID FOR EVERYONE The Chicago Music Award Winner s Solo Debut Features Drummer Kris Myers (Umphrey s McGee), Keyboardist Matt Nelson (Lupe Fiasco, Matthew Santos) And Guitarist Chris Siebold (Howard Levy, Kick The Cat) Plus Brilliant Artwork By Legendary Album Artist Jeff Jordan (The Mars Volta) Remember back when rockers wrote songs that really meant something and music was a tool to communicate sweeping universal messages that could open up the world s social consciousness? If not, let Graham Czach make it more Lucid for you. Infused with an expansive 60s- 70s classic/progressive rock sensibility, yet fully grounded in the musical vibe and social realities of the 2010s, the Chicago based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist s highly anticipated solo debut has a few dreamy romantic songs most notably, the simple and ethereal, classically influenced True Love. Yet most of the collection s 12 tracks are truly art for the mind and spirit, tapping into themes like caring for the planet ( Gather Round, a tribute to John Lennon featuring references to the legendary Beatle s chorus from Across the Universe ), the downward spiral of harmful addictions ( Nightmare ), spiritual discovery ( Reincarnate ) and abortion ( Choice ). Unlike many artists who simply write and sing about the causes that drive their passions, Czach puts his time, energy and money where his songs are, promising to donate a portion of the proceeds from Lucid to the non-profits he supports, including Greenpeace, Planned Parenthood, the American Cancer Society and the Art of Living Foundation. He s participated in various runs for charity in his hometown, including the 5K AIDS Race, the Walter Payton 5K and the Chicago Half Marathon. As Lucid sheds light on all these issues and more, Czach draws on a fascinating, diverse musical background including his Chicago Music Award winning work with Chicago Afrobeat Project to create musical landscapes as compelling as the lyrics. Complementing his own bass and guitar parts are high profile guests, including drummer Kris Myers (Umphrey s McGee), keyboardist Matt Nelson (Lupe Fiasco, Matthew Santos) and guitarist Chris Siebold (Howard Levy, Kick The Cat). Further illuminating the emotional-social mindset behind the music on Lucid is another key collaborator, legendary album artist Jeff Jordan, who created the provocative album art on the cover and in the CD packaging. Jordan s work on the 2008 Mars Volta album Bedlam In Goliath was voted the #2 Best Album Cover of the Year on the Rolling Stone Readers Rock List; Jordan also painted the Mars Volta covers for Amputechture and Octahedron. --Luck Media