Lumerians

Transmalinnia (Knitting Factory)

SXSW 2012 Records

Lumerians

Transmalinnia (Knitting Factory)

Call it space rock or progressive, but the creation of San Francisco band Lumerians' first album is deliberately and unavoidably couched in the psychedelic aesthetic. Transmalinnia has that dirty organ sound and echoey vocals that are de rigueur for the genre, but thankfully we're not just left with another passable addition for the glowing pile. There's a command of mood and tempo here, and Transmalinnia also surprises with a grab bag of interesting sounds and versatile sonic textures. Intro "Burning Mirrors" has a locked-down, mesmerizing bass groove, but then the disc moves into less deliberately anxious compositions with "Melting Space" and "Atlanta Brook." Lots of booming floor toms and a Farfisa organ are to be expected in any neo-psych, but Lumerians also opts for a flute in "Calalini Rises" and pretty synthesizers in "Gaussian Castles." Those are the kind of curveballs you wish more backward-looking bands would think to throw. (Sat., 8:25pm, the Iron Bear)

***

Keep up with all our SXSW coverage at austinchronicle.com/sxsw. Sign up for our South By-specific newsletter at austinchronicle.com/newsletters for news, reviews, and previews delivered to your inbox every day of the Fest. And for the latest tweets, follow @ChronSXSW.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
Thursday Interview
Thursday Interview

Nina Hernandez, March 20, 2015

Thursday Picks & Sleepers
Thursday Picks & Sleepers
SXSW Thursday handicapping by the blurb

March 20, 2015

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Matthew Logan Vasquez
Light'n Up (Record Review)

Elise Barbin, June 14, 2019

The Infinites
The Infinites
The Infinites (Record Review)

Rachel Rascoe, May 10, 2019

More by Adam Schragin
Sad Music for Somber People
Sad Music for Somber People
Toasting My Education and its dearly departed

Jan. 11, 2013

Free Week Live Shots Part 1
Eagle Claw, Tia Carrera, Megafauna, Flesh Lights, Smoke & Feathers, My Education
Highlights from first half of Free Week

Jan. 11, 2013

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Lumerians

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle