Lake of Violet‘s first full-length album, The Startling Testimony of Plumb Lines, is a multifaceted recording painted with a variety musical colors. This Chicagoan quartet’s compositions transcend genres and evade categorization at every turn. Even though their works casually hint at the progressive and post-everything side of things, the way they are constructed and performed escape the confines of those labels in the basic sense. But when a group is comprised of current and former members of Locrian, Minsk and other forward-thinking musical acts, this kind of extensive experimentation is to be expected. But even knowing who makes up Lake of Violent doesn’t prepare listeners for the delightfully surprising musical experience they will have when they tackle this 40-minute LP.