Lanterna – Sands


Lanterna is primarily the work of musician Henry Frayne, occasionally helped out by Steve Day who put together some rhythm tracks. Frayne was formerly a member of such bands as Area and The Moon Seven Times, and he has also contributed to many other projects. On one of his other previous discs, Frayne made music for a picture book that accompanied the CD, and this shows you where his music is at. Frayne clearly knows how to use space in his music, and the effects can be absolutely stunning when he does it right, which happens frequently. Frayne’s music is very wide open and flowing, and though sometimes reaching into New Age territory it still needs to be paid attention to.
“West Side Highway” starts the disc off in mesmerizing fashion with all its elements interlocking in a tight melody. Frayne’s guitar work flows in and out at will over a skittering rhythm and fun clavinet playing. The song flows and ebbs freely, creating some very soothing music that is hard not to get lost in. “Windward” has a stark folk feel to it that is even more apparent as Frayne begins to ghostly hum and moan along. There is some wonderful guitar playing on this song that ranges from melancholic to fresh and bright. “Fields” is another stunning song on this disc that will fill your head with many pictures; this song has some very spirited and alive guitar that will bring a smile to your face when it’s heard.
“1975” is another one of the standouts that holds its own on a disc that has many standouts; the biggest thing it has going for it is it really seems to be telling a story. “Atlantic” is one of the stronger more ambient pieces with the programmed rhtyhm and clavinet washes. The song holds up even though there really isn’t much going on or anything catchy like in some others. “Grey” ends the disc on a spacey drone of a piece that serves its purpose and continues to become more interesting as the piece goes on.
Frayne has really put a lot into his music, which is clearly obvious once you put this disc in the player. Unlike many instrumental works, Sands has many emotions and feeling included throughout the disc’s musical journey. The emothion and feeling are clear to see, and the music will take you to many places in your head, a very rare thing with this type of music. It is hard not to get lost or caught up in the music’s beauty, but you will be a better person if you pay attention to all the little nuances. This is quite a piece of musical art and one of the better listening experience I’ve heard in a while.