‘Reverse In The Sand’ by Instant Curtain is a prog-rock treasure with a cadence that is unlike anything else currently rising out of the scene.
The track is from the bands ‘Let Tear Us Apart’ album, and similar to the album’s title, it is full of ambiguous narratives. But, it does not work against the band as it enables us to make our own interpretation as it progresses.
It all kicks off with a clever and innovative intro with the guitar ripping through the speakers with an electrified tone garnished in 80s computer game flavour. Likewise, the bass takes on an unorthodox pathway, with it appearing only every now again, complementing the drum rhythm, which again is not conforming to the status quo.
Once the vocals find the way into the mix, it is fair to say that the track is heading down a path that even the most scholarly musicologists wouldn’t expect. Furthermore, the structure changes regularly, but Massimo keeps the mix tight with his vocals, proving to be an adhesive for the entire soundscape.
In the closing stages of ‘Reverse In The Sand’, the organ gets the breathing space it craves with the myriad of sounds taking a backseat. However, as it feels as though it will conclude, the band pick up their instruments once again, and they hit home with one of the most captivating prog-rock finales to grace the ears in modern times.