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Since the emerging symphonic prog movement or I called it as a second generation of prog where at that time the classic prog like King Crimson, Yes, Genesis and the like was in a decline in terms of public taste and then came into the scene new born bands carring the prog flag with simpler music through names like Marillion, IQ, Pallas, Pendragon, I found the musical characteristics can be categorized into two types:

First, those who take the new generation music called as neo-prog with the sort of dragging keyboard sounds and Floydian guitar solo or I can call them as the "Chelsea Monday"-like kind of music. Chlesea Monday is one song from Marillion's debut album "Script" where the music is quite mellow with Floydian guitar solo. There are many bands that follow this kind of music style, including Clepsydra.

Second, those who really try to emulate the kind of music that Script from Marillion has penned in its entirety including the Chelsea Monday like or the He Knows You Know like or in fact Forgotten Sons like music. It's quite difficult actually to do this second category as only Marillion, IQ and Pallas that can do good job on this. As you know they are all pioneers of neo prog and of course they can do it really well. Look at how Marillion's first four albums can produce this second category music really well, and also IQ still can do it through its latest album "The Road of Bones" where the opening track "From The Outside In" is truly a good representation of He Knows You Know like.

This debut album of Clepsydra is totally falling under the first category is the music flows with all the dragging keyboard sounds and many exploration of Floydian guitar work here and there. It opens beautifully with Sunrise and concludes with Sunset. In between there are arrays of musical journey represented by dragging keyboard work combined with Floydian guitar solo. The melody of the songs contained here are quite good and they flow naturally from start to end. For me personally, it's good in terms of composition as they contain good elements of melody, harmonies and changes in music style - even though quite flat in tempo. That's why I feel bored right in the middle of the album even though the songs are good.

Overall, this is good for those who like long guitar solo performed in mellow style and do not expect something like He Knows You Know or Forgotten Sons .... Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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