As an album title, Aqueous' new Color Wheel -- premiering exclusively below -- covers a lot of ground, both musically and lyrically.
The Buffalo-based quartet's fourth studio album, and first full-length since 2014, is its most far-reaching to date, adding hip-hop flavors ("Split the Difference"), reggae ("How High You Fly") and balladry ("Good Enough") -- as well as acknowledged influences such as Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper, Incubus, Gorillaz, Fleet Foxes, Daft Punk and more -- to Aqueous' regular blend of proggy jam band psychedelia.
"We definitely went in some interesting directions, musically," guitarist Mike Gantzer tells Billboard. "But, honestly, it's a pretty natural thing. There's never too much preconceived thought. I think we're a product of our influences at any given time. We listen to a lot of music, so it's just natural after awhile they'll start to seep in and be put through the filter that is our band and we'll make our own versions of those sounds. It's been fun to experiment with some of those sounds."