LUMINOS Seize The Day Market Square MSMCD115 (2003)
There are times when a contemporary rock band looks back to their genre's forefathers but genuinely fashions a
sound that is their own. Bands like Karnataka and Mostly Autumn come to mind. Luminos are hot on the trail.
A four-piece from Essex, there is certainly nothing wrong with the quality of the musicianship on display, and there is a maturity in both presentation and style. This is perhaps important for a new band trying to establish their voice in a genre that is currently
a tad over-crowded.
The album starts and finishes well enough. 'Inner Self' is an upbeat acoustic-based song punctuated by genre-typical guitar chiming that brings to mind Jadis or IQ
whilst 'Always In My Heart' has a good finish.
A greater use of keyboards, and even sax (which features on the widescreen 'The Voyage') may have done more to
bolster prog-rock cred and maybe this is an aspect that could be nurtured on the 'difficult' second album.
Vocalist Anni Meegan is also under-utilised, although she adds an Annie Wilson/Haslam-sheen to 'A Small Boy, A Bird In History'.
Altogether, this is a strong debut and should go down well when played live.