Fly Golden Eagle founder and frontman Ben Trimble sure doesn’t lack ambition.
“I wanted this album to be a real reflection of the whole band effort, of the vibes of us playing together,” Trimble explains. “I want people to listen to it and be able to feel the chemistry. If (previous album ‘Swagger’) was my thing, ‘Quartz’ is about something bigger.”
The indie rock quartet’s latest project “Quartz” is a sprawling 26-song epic that lines up with the 1973 avant-garde film “The Holy Mountain.” An abbreviated 12-track version of the record, entitled “Quartz Bijou,” presents Fly Golden Eagle’s vision in a more manageable package.
Trimble & Co. get off to a nice start with “You Look Good to Me” and “Horse’s Mouth,” and later deliver the goods on “Tangible Intangible,” “Handy Ways,” “Boychild Ghost” and “Death Myth.” At 51 minutes, “Quartz Bijou” is a satisfying (yet draining) auditory experience. I can’t imagine what it’s like to absorb the expanded “Quartz” in its entirety. But I’d sure like to give it a shot. (Jeffrey Sisk)