Scheduled for release on Halloween of 2017, Lespecial return with their first full album since 2015’s breakthrough album, “Omnisquid.” Continuing to forge their unique sound and amalgamate several genres, “Cheen” showcases the power trio’s considerable talent and innovation. Originally from Connecticut, Lespecial has spent several years cultivating a dedicated fanbase with a sound that cleverly interweaves psychedelia, technical math-rock, metal, electronica, and a tribal influence that feels like it comes from deep in the jungle.
The entire album has the coherent flow of a concept album, with its many themes seeming to bleed effortlessly from one song to the next. The introductory track, entitled “Donut Ghost House 1” sets the mood with a creepy, moody instrumental that slowly builds up with a hypnotic bassline and ambient keyboards, before the somber opening riff of “Onlookers” leads to some thoughtful verses. One of the notable improvements Lespecial has made with this album is an improvement in both vocals and lyrics.
The third track, “Jackwise” begins with a treading drum beat and an incredibly memorable heavy metal riff, followed by a catchy, funky verse. They really show their propensity for genre-bending here, as this song has elements of metal, funk, reggae, and rock. It’s followed by “Sound That We Do (Featuring Zion I,) which begins with a Middle-Eastern influenced guitar riff that quickly supports rapper Zion I’s angry, prophetic and politically-charged verses.