In their newest work - The Measure of Time - Neverness keep their experimentalism within an introspective scope framed by those hard prog, spacey, psychedelic bands that, after 40 years, we still keep discovering. Yet this Spanish band is able to bring that feel to a modern sound approach, and a more professional production.
The album starts in an excellent way, with the early Pink Floyd reminiscences in the psychedelic riffs, while the vocals perfectly add a more alternative, almost new age, tone. This Behind your face is a walk around in Neverness’s neighborhood, as the band moves freely and very comfortably, exploring the sounds that really better fit their music. It is, imo, the best track in the album.
The band then explores amore King Crismon riffage in the start of the title track. The tone is shifted and the music suddenly becomes more dramatic and grand, yet loosing that naïf touch provided by the first track’s psychedelic moves.
The band has also evolved greatly in the vocal department. The English spoken is only softly accented, never damaging the goods, and it results very well, as the singing capacity to impose an emotional frame has improved greatly since the second album.
While always keeping the references to (early) Pink Floyd and King Crimson, the band also explores Deep Purple reminiscent guitar lines, and in The Letter it even dares to somehow mix Deep Purple, Van Der Graaf Generator, Marillion and (surprise) the alter-country approach of Bob Seeger.
To summarize, Neverness are able to be consistent and coherent while creative and interpretative. Their very unique sound is backed up by 40 years of music. This band simply takes that, adds a few flavors and interpretation perspectives, a modern handmade suit, and delivers a slow tempo, introspective, spacey and psychedelic experience. Good work!