February 2, 2023
Ithaca, NY | 36°F


Local band takes bizarre ride

The apocalyptic view of 2012 inspired Ayurveda’s second album “H. Luminous.” As a result, the musical experience listeners get from the album showcases the Ithaca-based rock band’s latest spiritual endeavors.

On the eight-track LP, Tom Burchinal’s vocals are as wandering and spacey as they have been on previous albums. But when combined with the new sounds of this album, Burchinal’s vocals sound more similar to the styles of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. The music on “H. Luminous” is far more experimental, as well. The songs have been mixed together to flow seamlessly from one into the next. The instrumentals are far lighter and more spacious, while the band’s heavier tones — often represented in the bass — lurk below.

The intention of “H. Luminous” is to be a musical journey to the end of the world, but the reality may not be as sacred as the band intended.