A truly surreal trip, Joe Boccia Jr.’s immense and dense “Lyndon the Lobster and the Quest for Idiosyncrasy” is an immersive experience. Instrumentally vibrant they run a very wide gamut, from classical ambient suites to gurgling electronics to driving progressive rock. Everything here stuns for they pour so much soul into these compositions. The narrative stance of the album also works to its advantage with every track playing off the last, giving the entire experience a rather coherent story. From the infectious hooks to the delirious lyricism to just their pure gusto, it is an easy thing to get lost in for the wide array of twists and turns is beguiling.
Literally dozens of artists appear to have influenced the approach, but perhaps one of the closest comrades to their unique approach emerges out of the Fiery Furnace’s theatrical flair. Akin to their performances, the multi-suite experience that these works radiate feels outright beautiful to behold. Beyond their approach, the most classic sounds at times touch upon the Decemberists as well, and indeed they do bring a bit of folk into the fray. The storytelling though is truly unique for it incorporates psychedelic impulses with the utmost of glee.
Environmental sounds add to the pastoral bliss of the first half of “June/Ode to Depression”. Here they bring a bit of an energetic Tobias Jesso Jr.’s yearning pleas while the song unfurls in a fried, semi-chaotic fashion. The highlight of the album comes early on the stellar “Sunrise”. With honeyed vocals there is a blissful burst of color that emerges from his passion piano playing that underpins the whole thing. A sea-shanty quality takes hold of the quirky giddy rhythms of “Lyndon the Lobster”. Pure pathos plays out on the fiery delivery of “Ocean of Doubt” which features grandiose chords that gallop gallantly. Tender to its very core is the warped weird jazzy cadences of “Song for a Friend” where the song has a unique allure, blooming in a wonderful emotionally charged way.
Flowing perfectly off that piece is the spirited “Predictable Prelude/Cynical Song”. Elements of Bossa Nova filter into the fray on the lilting melodies of “Raindrops”. On the amazingly titled “Torrential Downpour or Ballad for the Soft Boi (feat. Liz Jeffery)” they embark upon something delightfully soothing. With a nod towards more ambient textures comes the spirited scope of “Sea of Tranquility”. Another highlight of the album comes with the sprawling ambitious tenor of “August/The Quest” which is hypnotic with its many patterns. Evolving from one genre to the next there is a cyclical quality to it one that feels freeing. Ending things off with a sense of discovery is the incredible sweeping gestures of “Lyndon’s Lament”.
Joe Boccia Jr. delivers something straight from the heart on the soulful art pop experience of “Lyndon the Lobster and the Quest for Idiosyncrasy”.