Part 1 : Nursed by Giants
Part 2 : Canterbury Souls
Part 3: From Liverpool to Outer Space
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
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
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
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!