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PERILS

Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.11 | 45 ratings

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spleenache
5 stars Fantastic. Do not hesitate

If you are starting to get into RIO/Avant genre and would prefer to dip your toes before you tackle the more indigestible participants of the genre such as Univers Zero or Kaya Dot this is the one for you. It contains all of the musical elements that makes this sub genre interesting but also throws in a handful of very interesting melodies along the way as helpful guideposts.

Like most Rio/Avant genre there are no vocals. But the interesting thing is, you can listen the whole CD and not realize that there were none. The structure of the music and the quality of musicianship is so high that they do not need lyric band-aids to carry them through.

Most songs contain intense/heavy sections which would definitely appeal to the Prog Archives crowd. Acoustic and electronic sounds are extremely well balanced. They seem to have an innate ability to go from silly to sublime within a single bar.

When I listen to Perils it always leaves a vaguely Irish after taste. I cannot exactly pin point where this comes from. Maybe the dark atmosphere of the music that is punctured, at times, with such joyful but short interludes; it is this combination that makes me think Ireland. I do not know. There are even church bells and horse hoof sounds. What can I say?

Much like all RIO/Avant albums Perils should be listened to in its entirety for the full effect. This is one of the few records that I had to listen again as soon as it finished. TMV's Amputechture was another one. I could not stop myself from listening again and again. Although the Perils share absolutely nothing with Amputechture at the musical level they contain the same intense spirit.

spleenache | 5/5 |

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