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Release Year: 2009

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Musea (FGBG 4773)
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 2/4/2009 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 12/11/2014 7:39:00 PM by: DBSilver

Part 1 : Nursed by Giants

  1. Killer
  2. The king of ghosts
  3. Black cat
  4. A name in the sand
  5. Core images

Part 2 : Canterbury Souls

  1. The hat goes north (instrumental)
  2. Young persons guide to ARGOS
  3. Ten fingers overboard (instrumental)
  4. Norwegian stone shortage (instrumental)

Part 3: From Liverpool to Outer Space

  1. Further apart
  2. Timefor Love
  3. Meet the humans
  4. Elektro-Wagner
  5. Passing through
Thomas Klarmann
basses , flute , keyboards , guitars, lead vocals and senseless lyrics on "black cat" and "killer", drum-programming ,coffee and chocolate
Robert Gozon
lead vocals and serious lyrics on all other tracks , keyboards , guitars , occasionally random noises
Ulf Jacobs
drums , percussion , backing vocals

Reviewed by Nuno on 12 Feb 2010

German trio Argos has released its self-titled debut through French label Musea. They worked for about 4 years cementing their ideas on musical approach before finally seeing their work put out in form of cd, for prog listeners enjoyment.

Well, placing this bands music within a consistent frame is not that hard. In fact, most of their influences are quite obvious. The most funny thing about the band is that they absolutely assume the directions and reminiscences they present in each part of the album, throwing bones and hints in the name of each of those 3 parts. But let’s talk about that.

Divided in 3 parts, each of those comprehending 4 to 5 tracks, the band calmly and consistently explores those influences, providing them a mild feel of modernity though their music is very vintage, very seventies.

The first part Nursed by Giants (in 5 tracks) shows a well crafted mix of Gentle Giant with early Genesis. If you take Black Cat for instance, it really could have come out of GG box of treasures, so accurate and rewarding is the collage to that bands sound. While A Name in the Sand is pretty much closer to early Genesis, the closing track of the first part sounds more like a crossroad between Van Der Graaf Generator, Po90 and Othello’s Syndrome. And despite the different approaches and re-visited musing bands, the tracks all flow naturally and in a very satisfactory way.

The second set of 4 tracks do present yet another challenge and another good result, as Argos start exploring a more Canterburian approach (as it is explicitly stated in the name of the 4 part presentation: Canterbury Soul). Hatfield and the North, Caravan and even slight Camel references are noticeable. This is a more laid back part, as the band explores the softer and more relaxed part of the aforementioned movement.

In From Liverpool to Outer Space, Argos does it again, portraying in the name of the sequence what are their intentions. Thus, it is with no surprise that they present a new approach with close connections to the work of The Beatles (a Liverpool band, duh!), but you have the absolute right of also thinking of Klaatu. Ok, the spacey tendencies are not that obvious in this section, somehow replaced by more subtle psychedelia (I’ve always found that space and psychedelic are many times joined together, undifferentiated or even confused). The music here seems very light and fragile, and some experimentation is in order, like in Meet the Humans where modern rhythms are mixed with a Klaatu/Gentle Giant unthinkable conjuration.

This is an album that will find its niche of listeners in those who like the totality of the bands mentioned here. For those this will undoubtedly be a very welcomed newcomer. Argos shows talent and concept. They end up playing an original blend of a not original music, which plays more in their favor than against them. Give them a chance and form your own opinion!