Arjun – Core
Arjun are a powerful instrumentally based Prog-Rock band. During my initial research I think it’s safe to say this is one surging band that is paying their dues. Band Line up: Eddie Arjun Peters (guitar), Lamar Myers (drums), and Andre Lyles (bass).
Let’s be honest for just a second shall we. I get a lot of albums sent my way for review and I mean a lot. Most of them don’t do anything for me. They don’t always get happily placed in the CD player, but the ones that do usually get a three song stay of execution and generally if they last past that they get my full unadulterated attention. Sometimes I’m hooked from the first track, and that’s precisely what happened when I put the latest 8 track release from Arjun on. As I played tracks like “Rocks”, “Deep Impact” and the title track I discovered these 3 to have a fantastic rocked out sound that follows through with a wonderful sequence of entertaining moments. “Lavalust” twists and turns the way great albums should with a little bit of rock, a little bit of high octane driven blues-soul and a lot of harmonic goodness. I also really like to way “Wihin You” masterfully transitions through to the finale creating much in the way of drama.
“PETERS CAN MAKE HIS FRETBOARD TALK!!!”
Arjun could easily be heralded as classic sounding rock but there is so much more to them. Sure I Hear Stevie Ray Vaughn bit also Leon Russell, Bobby Charles, John Cleary, John Hyatt, Lowell George. I can also hear John Abercrombie, Ralph Towner, Kurt Rosenwinkel and even the legendary Joe Satriani. All 8 tracks stand out like the more appealing to a mass audience but there’s a deeper and sharper edge to these songs. The strategic interweaving of systemic melody and impressive solo guitar performances from Peters is a delight, but the solid rhythmical foundation from Myers/Lyles are essential to the bands artistic and commercial potential. The sound is that of the golden era of popular rock popular in the sixties and the seventies when musicianship mattered! But the beauty of these 8 songs is the use of all mod-cons forcing Arjun’s relevance into the modern world. Varca should achieve good support from radio and appears to be critical darlings of New York. But I am left bemused how Arjun are not yet a household name. It’s not a case of all the elements being present but the final product being missing as the songs, the musicianship, the production, and the performance all knit together beautifully-even brilliantly. Maybe I’m lucky enough to be in on the ground floor? Maybe things are just about to kick on for these 3. Whatever it is make sure you catch these guys live around the area, why? Because Arjun are in a class of all by themselves.
by Ed Derum. Approved by Cyrus Rhodes
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