In Lightning: In Joy

With their first record, In Lightning — an outside-the-box, instrumental jam-band that’s cinematic in nature — veers all over the place. In Joy is a series of layered, atmospheric, orchestral-leaning funk that often times features a prog-rock style guitar zipping around, as well as other strings that drive the mood equally and drums that, throughout the album, manage to both hold everything together and wander. They aim to accomplish what a band like Explosions in the Sky does — that emotionally-driven roller-coaster without lyrics that seems equally influenced by rock gods and composing legends. And they do.