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Destiny

a Studio release
by
Peter Matuchniak

Release Year: 2014

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Label: Melodic Revolution Records (MRR 22108)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 28, 2014
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 12/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 1/10/2015 2:32:00 AM by: DBSilver
  1. Destiny
  2. Product
  3. Spies
  4. Oyster Club
  5. Tunnel
  6. Go Fast
  7. Go Slow
  8. Island
  9. Reprisal
  10. Chaos
  11. Victory
Peter Matuchniak
Guitar

With
Steve Bonino: Bass & Vocals
Scott Connor: Drums & Vocals
Paul Mouradjian: Keyboards
Natalie Azerad: Lead Vocals
Alyssa Matuchniak: Vocals
Ted Zahn: Vocals, and more
Jojo Nakano: Sax
David Gilman: Clarinet

Reviewed by Marc on 27 Apr 2015


Even though a previous album (Uncover Me from 2012) was featured on our website, Destiny is my first encounter with Peter Matuchniak's music. In a few words, I would describe the eleven tracks on this very good CD as "varied with a unifying thread".

Here is a description that Peter Matuchniak gives of his music... "I like albums that have a theme or concept. Something that glues the songs together, either musically or thematically. Since my solo stuff tends to be quite varied, I employ a lyrical theme to help decide which songs to work on... This album is built loosely around the title track "Destiny". A general concern and apprehension towards modern life and where we are heading; both individually and collectively. Some of it is tongue-in-cheek (Go Slow), some of it is a humorous dealing of the choices we have to make in life to be happy (Oyster Club) -- but there are more serious songs, such as the "Product" and its twin "Reprisal" which have a fatalistic or deterministic lyric.

Elements of Pop, Jazz, Rock and Prog are sprinkled all over the album, sometimes on the same track. Songs can be up-tempo, melodic and at times humoristic or quicky. It's hard to pin this music on a given genre or make references to a well known band. The main lead singer has a voice reminding me of Brian Eno (or maybe Peter Murphy). Two other singers (male and female) also take over the lead vocals on a couple of songs. Also, female backing vocals are very much present, used in a way not that different from many recent Leonard Cohen songs. Matuchniak handles the lead guitars (very skillfully) and his soloing has an Andy Latimer feel to it. Because of that, on longer instrumental sections, later period Camel can come to mind. I would also mention as acceptable references : Spock's Beard (for their Hard Rock side and eclecticism) and 10cc for their quirkyness.

Hopefully this review will will entice you in checking out Peter Matuchniak's music. Destiny is a very nice discovery for me and those interested in the bands I have listed here may very well find some great new music to listen to. Check it out.

Very nice indeed!!