Basing your music or any art in general on a focused concept is not only a complex endeavor but also one fraught with possible pitfalls.
For your music to work within a concept, it has to be a well-defined one. It also has to have a musical context that really fits the concept.
Usually, that would mean that the music has to have a more complex structure that would present all the aspects of your concept. No wonder then that most of such musical concepts in modern music are connected with the so-called prog(ressive) rock.
That is exactly where London England quartet Flavour Nurse, led by Gaius Black (Frontman) and Sobias Sheim (Bass), fit in with their self-titled debut album.
As their PR says, The band is one of the pioneering acts of the LovAnaverse – a music universe franchise set to feature a wide range of concept artists, each with their own unique musical style and story to tell.
So what is the concept? As they put it, the four members of the band “make up a dynamic act of Faewarian musicality, elven-like folk from the far reaches of the Celestial Sea, entwining music & magic to raise the vibration of the universe.”
Sure, there were similar concepts presented in prog music, all with varying levels of quality and success. So where do the Flavour Nurse guys stand in that respect?
Actually, concept-wise, it all depends on how much you go for the mystical concepts as such. In more modern terms, if you are a fan of mystical-themed video games or Magic Cards, you’re in for a treat.
On the musical side, as they do with the concept itself, Flavour Nurse also does their best to update the prog-rock approach to modern times. They trim down on complex sequences and concentrate on guitar-driven sounds, anywhere between melodic hard rock and grunge.
All in all, the band makes Flavour Nurse an album that even those that do not favor mystical concepts or prog rock that much something they’ll not turn away from.