The Art Of series is a new line of books reinvigorating the practice of craft and criticism. Each book will be a brief, witty, and useful exploration of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry by a writer impassioned by a singular craft issue. The Art Of volumes will provide a series of sustained examinations of key but sometimes neglected aspects of creative writing by some of contemporary literature's finest practioners.
Though Presto Ballet was formed by guitarist/keyboardist Kurdt Vanderhoof, formerly of thrash band Metal Church, it is not a prog-metal band, as sometimes assumed, but rather a straight-up prog-rock band in the classic '70s symphonic style. While Vanderhoof's guitars occasionally adopt a thick, distorted tone, things never cross into overt metal territory. Instead, The Lost Art of Time Travel is full of rich organ swoops, fat analog synth tones, pure melodic vocals, and ambitiously arranged (sometimes epic) song structures.