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Freedom To Glide


Crossover Prog

3.51 | 9 ratings

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4 stars FREEDOM TO GLIDE is the musical endeavor between Andy Nixon (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, bass, drums) and Pete Riley (keys, piano, vocals, sampling, programming). Their collaborative affair started in a Pink Floyd tribute band Dark Side Of The Wall. It'd be an indication of F2g's main influence. Emergent duo rapidly caught the attention of fans, media and prog-radio DJ's. Some material on mini-album 'The Wait' is quite close to mighty PF, though in general Freedom To Glide are imposing their own stamp. There are various references to be found here. They swirl from balladic sections to mid-tempo dramatic grooves with a lot of breathing space. The opener ('Wind and Gales') gives a taste of things to come: a well conceived and executed 24-min. opus. Andy Nixon's voice is wrapped in strong harmonies to revel in a guitar web and hypnotic key layers, while atmospheric soundscapes and rhythmic parts afford an enthralling interplay that impresses with flourishes. Surprising variations of main motif are smartly arranged to build a recurrent theme. The ultimate credit goes to Pete Riley whose superb work presents a solid foundation without being dominant. The lyrics are representative and typify so apt for engrossing concept. One of the six tracks is instrumental. Definitely thumbs up! It's not easy to pick out only one favourite, but I'm hooked by a closing number 'Hypnotized' (stylistically, it would be at home on 'The Wall')...' Freedom To Glide is a unique tandem who can create historically based musical theatre geared towards the ears and mind. Cos' I shall keep an eye out to see where F2g goes from here...
PH | 4/5 |


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