The Dark Third, by Pure Reason Revolution

Pure Reason Revolution’s debut album from 2006, The Dark Third, is one of the best debut albums I can think of in modern progressive rock. The band is obviously influenced by Pink Floyd, as you will notice from the guitar sound and atmosphere of the opening instrumental track, Aeropause. However what sets this band apart is the vocal harmonies, evendenced in next two tracks in this post. The band mentions Brian Wilson as an influence, a great role model to have if you are into harmonies. Chloe Alper, the bass and keyboard player and singer, does wonders singing some of the lead parts and most of the harmonies. The songs, with long instrumental parts, are very melodic. Lots of atmospheric electric guitar solos and accompanying synths.

The band’s name takes after Immanuel Kant’s monumental work The Critique of Pure Reason from 1781. The Dark Third is a term describing the period of time people spend sleeping, and many of the lyrics do have a dreamy feel to them. In 2007 the band opened for Porcupine Tree’s European leg of the Fear of Blank Planet tour. After a few more albums that did not rise to the same level as the debut album, the band called it quits in 2011.

I picked the first three songs from the album, which in the best tradition of progressive rock blend into each other to form a longer composition. I recommend playing them in sequence in one sitting.

Goshen’s Remains

cooling me so bright, the light is stunning over the motions again

threw away delight in spite of nothing over we’re older again

she digs her heals over there

fool’s serene survive soon she’ll rationalize

 

fooling me so slight, his smiles cunning over-emotion again

newer ways & insights in light of nothing, over they’re older again

he leaves my needs over there

gleaming seas arise, soon she’ll rationalize

 

over & over, the show flies discover! through warm fields

over & over the snow lies uncovered through the storm fields

please lead us through the remains

 

moving me so bright, his smiles stunning, over the notions again

fewer days in fright the ladies gunning, overline goshen remains

he preaches fear over there

gleaming seas arise, soon she’ll rationalize

 

over & over, the show flies discover! wander through the warm fields

over & over the snow lies uncovered throughout the storm fields

 

they laze in dawn-light fire,

the morning dew rolls over the planet,

clear words child! far away plans

 

the skies sublime lunation towards the setting sun,

with eyes of painted dilation towards the fragile sun,

their sight in firm fixation towards the setting sun,

we’ve seen the ruined foundatins towards he fragile sun

 

Apprentice Of The Universe

lime & limpid dream colonise, waste the silent orders waste the silence.

lime she screens the green colour light taste alliance order, taste alliance

 

and give me something to dream about, i’m tiring

i’m cold & i want to go to sleep

 

through time she leads the tunic & rhymes, blinding-finding order, blinding finding

time she clears & found colours glide, lives the silent waters, seams & ground lines

 

and give me something to dream about, i’m tiring

i’m cold & i want to go to sleep

she told me i had too much to dream last night

lime & limpid dream colonise

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