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Terra Nova

a Studio release
Taylor's Universe

Release Year: 2007

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Released by MALS (MALS 219)
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 8/12/2007 12:00:00 AM
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  1. Terra Nova (5:48)
  2. Amhage West (5:21)
  3. Meccano (3:44)
  4. They Usually Come at Night (6:48)
  5. Metropolarization (4:34)
  6. Land of Lamps (7:26)
  7. Ruby Wires (4:02)
  8. City of Greed (6:42)
Robin Taylor
guitars, grand piano, hammond organ, synthesizers, stringman, harmonium, portasound, glockenspiel, snake charmer's flute, percussion, tapes, treatments
Karsten Vogel
soprano, alto & tenor sax, bass clarinet
Rasmus Grosell
    Hugh Steinmetz
    trumpet & flugelhorn (track 4)
    Louise Nipper
    voice (track 1,2,5)
    Jytte Lindberg
    voice (track 1, 8)

Reviewed by Nuno on 24 Dec 2007

Continuing the exploration of some of the amazing concepts and views upon experimental fusion progressive music that have been shared with us in previous releases and that achieved their prime in Certain Undiscoveries, Robin Taylor and mates bring us now terra Nova where those principles are again on display, even if somehow the album is not as good as its predecessor.

The music of Taylor’s Universe is a serious case to review. It simply achieves a tremendously difficult purpose, which is to let experimental, jazz influenced, prog fusion music to be deeply ear-friendly and perfectly listenable by people that would never listen to such labeled music.
And the fact that this band does not keep itself from experimenting, sometimes almost like a jam session, while at the same time letting the resulting sound be accessible and melodic (with some exceptions, such as Metroporalization, where the psychedelics can turn off non-used listeners).
The whole band is at an excellent level, both individually and when concerning interplay and synchronization of concept. All the wind instruments, which include Sax(all sorts of), Clarinet, Trumpet and Flugehorn, are marvelous throughout the whole album, once more contributing to the cool, many times groovy ambiances. The big palette of instruments played by the frontman of the band are always carefully put in the music, always on the right place and at the right time to enrich the music.
Though thought with the same care and with the same characteristics as the previous album, and though with a great quality of the music, I still find this album a bit inferior to the gem that is Certain Undiscoveries. But don’t let yourself be tricked by that, as the mentioned album has been a real masterful piece of playing, and this new album is very good as well.

A honest advice: go discover this band!