This is one of those mysterious cases, a
very rare one these days, of an active band that, despite releasing an album,
having a myspace page and having been reviewed by a few sites and blogs, still
seems to keep secrecy about themselves while keeping a very very low profile.
With no information on their cardboard cd sleeve and sparse notes on their Myspace page (and with their homepage under construction), it is only possible to say that this is a Russian band based in S.Petersburg that has just (apparently) released their debut. So the best thing to do here is really concentrating on the music they have provided through Russian label MALS…
Ok, so in what concerns the music that fills the approximately 40 minutes of this album, the best way to characterize it is by saying that it is a soothing and smooth listening experience that seems totally fit to be heard as background soundtrack when you work, or even better, to be heard while laid back in the sofa, contemplating the beauty of a sunset (on a sun shining day) through your window. This is a relaxing and enjoyable ride through calm symphonic landscapes. Dreamy and absolutely contemplative. A music to arouse positive thoughts.
While totally instrumental, the sonic
proposition is set to revisit the spacey, slightly psychedelic moments of
mid-term Pink Floyd, yet often in an even calmer tone. The
guitar soloing stands somewhere between the melody mastery of David
Guilmour and Andy Latimer. And the music itself also
sparsely brings Camel’s most melodic moments to mind, as well as Eloy (70's era).
There are some subtle jazzier moments well
hidden within some tracks, but presented in an atmospheric and cool way that
never really challenge the relaxing state of mind that the listener experiences
The music is lush and symphonic but never in a bombastic or epic way. Things are always kept on the smooth side, with very rare exceptions, like in the darker Black City middle section, where some heavier guitars do make a stand. Apart from that all you can expect is a well thought calm musicality that is focused on the creation of harmonic soundscapes.
For fans of Pink Floyd slower and dreamier sections, or for those that like the mellower and slower melodies of instrumental symphonic prog, then this album is really recommended. An extremely enjoyable music from a mysterious band that we hope will continue to wonder us with their 70’s recreations and explorations.