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Soundwall (with Denner)

a Studio release
by
Taylor's Universe

Release Year: 2008

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Marvel of Beauty (MOBLP 018)
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 2/16/2008 12:00:00 AM
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  1. Tag Attack (8:09)
  2. Step Aside (6:40)
  3. Out of Season (6:02)
  4. Totally Greek (6:51)
  5. Sandwich (7:24)
  6. Aspx (8:31)
Robin Taylor
guitar, bass, piano, organ, mellotron, synthesizers, toy keyboard, glockenspiel, percussion, voice, tapes, treatments
Karsten Vogel
soprano, alto & tenor saxes
Rasmus Grosell
drums
Michael Denner
guitars
Louise Nipper
voice
Victoria Bjerre
little voice (on track 6)

Reviewed by MichelF on 30 Mar 2008


Taylor's Universe has done it again with Soundwall; offer us another great musical experience. Composer Robin Taylor proposes here a slightly heavier sound than on his previous opus as a result of the great guitar solos of Michael Denner. The drums of Rasmus Grosell are excellent as are the saxes of Karsten Vogel. Master Taylor continues on the course of exquisite music and experimental opening. Furthermore, it is to my ears, more progressive in structure even though jazz is not too far. At some point, I perceive a mix of King Crimson and Porcupine Tree with a spicing of VDGG, at other times the spicing changes, but it is always palatable. It is a very original work, and as I have said for other of his group project, there is superb musicianship here. Album after album, it is always a joy to hear his music. One thing is certain; all tracks are great on this CD.

“Tag Attack” is the strong progressive beginning of this CD; it has captivated immediately my attention. It is a mix of early and neo prog with a great beat and a fine guitar solo. It is in the spirit of KC at its best; perhaps my favourite of this opus. “Step Aside” is more prog metal oriented with its guitar solo right at the beginning. Then it evolves and slowly becomes more complex and fascinating with great sax and a melodic guitar solo. With “Out of Season”, it is the piano who guides us to an ambiance both strange and subtle. It sounds more experimental than the other pieces of the CD, even though it remains melodic and easy to listen to. It ends on a more jazzy structure, the piano closes it nicely. “Totally Greek” surprised me. It made me strongly think of New Age music and Enya, due to the keys and the vocals. It is a more pop oriented song; I dare to say it is soothing music. Robin Taylor is a master of many genres. Near the end, prog rock emerges suddenly with a new beat and the strong presence of the guitar, it is almost another song. “Sandwich” made me thinks vaguely of Soft Machine VII. I really love this track, and it is certainly one of the best on this CD. “Aspx” closes this album with another fascinating progressive track.

I think this album is a must for progressive music lovers. With each album Robin Taylor proves his mastery. That music merits to be heard!