Release on 15 Jan 2013 by My Sonic Temple (MST1320)
After listening a number of times to Tales From Sheepfather's Grove, I am quite impressed with what I hear.
In my opinion, there is an obvious reference to be made with this album and it is to Jon Anderson's solo work and also some of his collaborations with Vangelis. To a lesser extent, the softer parts of Yes' Tales From Topographic Oceans (with it's lush keyboards and acoustic guitar) also comes to my mind. Everything on this excellent CD reminds me of Jon Anderson, not just the music, but also the vibe, the singing, the lyrics.
This being said, the compositions are very original. Not once am I reminded of a perticular Anderson piece. Also, the songs are not just original, they are very very good. In fact, the 8 tracks on this CD (most with singing and a few instrumentals) are far better than anything I have recently heard by Jon Anderson, and musically much more interesting (Luley's guitar playing shows flashes of Steve Howe on many occasions). Finally, I am very much impressed that this album is a solo project by Johannes Luley (he only has a few guests singers with him and a harpist).
If you enjoy Jon Anderson's musical universe Tales From Sheepfather's Grove is certainly a must have for you. Allan Parson's Eye in the Sky is another album that can give an idea of what to expect from this excellent record. Great stuff! Highly recommended.