Long Distance Calling – How Do We Want to Live

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label  Insideout Records
Released: 2020
Buy Album https://www.insideoutmusic.com/release.aspx?IdRelease=2273
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/longdistancecalling/

Band line-up:

David Jordan -Guitar
Florian Füntmann -Guitar
Janosch Rathmer -Drums
Jan Hoffmann –Bass

Tracklisting:

1. Curiosity (Part 1)
2. Curiosity (Part 2)
3. Hazard
4. Voices
5. Fail / Opportunity
6. Immunity
7. Sharing Thoughts
8. Beyond Your Limits
9. True / Negative
10. Ashes

Review

“How Do We Want To Live” is the seventh studio album by the German progressive rock outfit: Long Distance Calling, and as the name suggests, it’s an album concerned with the future and with themes that are present today throughout science, technology, philosophy and current affairs.

Though this is not a political or socially driven album, Long Distance Calling have managed to take their love of science fiction and speculative entertainment and turn it into some truly impressive progressive tunes only Germany can offer.

LDC say in their press release that the use of electronics and programming gives the album a superstructure, and I for one felt this was an album with many layers as it opens with soundbites of people discussing the singularity and the ever-present questions relating to time and space – so it is heavy in more ways than one.

Heftiness continues when the drums and strings kick in and you’re off on a trip into the cosmos led by a performance that would put Hawkwind or Jon Anderson to shame. If you like your space rock and the borderline performance art of groups like The Alan Parsons Project, “How Do We Want To Live” has it all.

One thing that truly stood out for me is this album is almost entirely instrumental. A very good example of how you don’t need lyrics and vocals to make impressive music. LDC is a thought-provoking act and whilst songs like “Beyond Your Limit” showcase the brilliant vocals of the band, it again makes you feel like you’re travelling through a void between universes rather than just enjoying another space rock LP.

Overall, this is a very impressive album from a very intelligent and versatile band. Not one to put on if your attention span is low, however. Something all the prog kids should add to their collections.

Review by Demitri Levantis
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