Stephen Lacy Sullivan to self-release PORTION IN THE SKY on February 21

Jesus Figueroa

While bands usually require an element of compromise between its members, solo projects allow a musician to fully express their vision and draw from all facets of their life to make a representation of themselves in musical form.

Take Stephen Lacy Sullivan, guitarist in post-metal band Alluvion and former drummer in Virginia sludge metal band Lord - his eponymous solo work is several steps removed from the aforementioned bands.

Drawing from indie, gospel, and lo-fi electronica, the upcoming début release under the new name* showcases Sullivan focusing in on his faith on “Portion in the Sky.”

Lead single “Testimony” starts proceedings off on a relatively mellow note, pairing playful guitar work influenced by Townes van Zandt against the uhn-tiss of electronic drums, and Sullivan’s own strained tones on top. “I’ll disappear in your glory tonight,” he delivers in a melodic drawl, as one of many choice lyrics touching on Christianity throughout the record.

As we move further into the record, certain left-field elements emerge unexpectedly - turntable scratching in Lady Erin, unconventional percussion in “Within Reach” - but the cherry on the surprise-laden cake is the dark “Consuming Fire,” where tortured synths resemble screaming, and Sullivan practically snarls in his delivery to match the fire-and-brimstone style sermon that is chopped up and remixed into the meat of the track.

“Portion in the Sky” is a new chapter in Sullivan’s musical development, and one which will surely pique the interest of those who enjoy such genre-melding exercises - if 90s indie meets lo-fi electronica is of interest, then these 20 minutes are absolutely worth your time.

  1. Testimony
  2. Portion in the Sky
  3. Consuming Fire
  4. Lady Erin
  5. Within Reach
* The project was formerly known as LACY, under which 4 full-lengths, 3 EPs and several singles and demos were released.

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