Tower of Harmony label.
Produced by Michael (Misha) Shengaout.
Mixed and Mastered by Brandt Fincher
Michael Shengaout (Misha)
Betty Seni: vocals (7)
InnaSatunovsky: piano (8, 10)
The Fauxharmonic Orchestra: brass (9), string quartets (6, 9)
This USA band, now releasing their debut, is nevertheless comprised of some elements with a strong experience in progressive rock paths. With band members coming from such bands as Happy the Man and Crack the Sky, it is no surprise that the final result is tremendously professional, focused and extremely enjoyable.
In fact, Primary Elements is really a great album in all its aspects and particularities. The first of them is the sheer quality of the playing and the careful interaction between the instruments.
The music here is all about enjoyment. Really! While completely into the symphonic prog (retro style) aesthetics, the band does not lose themselves in complexity webs of any kind, and despite careful architectures, the music sounds simple, melodic and mellow. But it is a mellowing of the best possible kind for 70’s tingled sympho prog. Many times acoustic, the music flows smoothly like a calm river, constantly providing contemplative textures to the comforted listener. It is music to listen with a calm state of mind, many times taking the listener to the same sonic pastures of Genesis circa Trespass, the calmer Mandalaband or Narrow Pass.
This is, undoubtedly, one of the best examples on how symphonic prog can be turned accessible to anyone without losing any of its charms and keeping the dynamics and diversity uncompromised. And, in the end, it has revealed to me some of the most enjoyable and fulfuling musicval moments of the year that is now coming to an end…therefore highly recommendable!