There’s always some trippy ideas laying somewhere in the deepest part of our minds that our brains have yet to unlock. But to hear synthesized heavy prog music from the likes of Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor has showed a whole new side of himself. Along with his fellow bandmates Core Atoms and Raheem Amlani, was a whole new dish I would never have expected. This is the result of Arcadea, who have brought to us their debut album, which surely will have you feeling like you’re on several hits of LSD.

Even though I had familiarised myself with Arcadea when they released their first few songs on the web, listening to this record felt extremely weird and confusing. But hey, the majority of the record is creative. To put it simpler when it comes to comparisons, it’s like Mastodon kept a low profile on their aggressive side and had an orgy with Depeche Mode, King Crimson, every KORG synthesizer ever made, and all the B-rated sci-fi films from the 80s, while jizzing into an Atari console.

Almost every track is frantically loaded with enough psychedelic and uncanny moments to feel like you’re majorly tripping. In a way, they still give off a persona that feels as though Arcadea are being serious, but they’re also not taking themselves seriously. Army of Electrons, Gas Giant and Motion of Planets are good examples for that notion. The album is still progressive in its own way, but it’s done in a much more diverse and peculiar fashion. It may not seem all that transparent within the first listen, but after a few times of playing back songs like Infinite End, Magnificent Façade and Rings of Saturn, you can identify the development between tracks.

It wasn’t an easy one to write up on. I’m still having trouble trying to process everything that I had heard. But, the thing about Arcadea’s self-titled is that it’s heavily enigmatic and inconceivable, for the most of it. The musicianship really isn’t hard to pick up, as Brann’s performance alongside Atoms’ and Amlani’s are very fluid and imaginative. It’s not the most incredible record I’ve heard this year, but it’s definitely the most bizarre (in a good way). Some of the most passionate Mastodon fans such as myself would be able to enjoy this, but it’s not something I’d suggest to those who have never listened to Mastodon. But, if they’re doped up on synthetics and looking for new some new tunes on Spotify, I’d happily recommend this one to them.

Grab your copy of Arcadea’s new album from Relapse Records, Bandcamp, Apple Music, Spotify or Amazon.