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PERILS

Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.09 | 47 ratings

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Finnforest
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4 stars Perils indeed!

I don't know how to describe this adequately: Slightly avant-garde yet not obnoxious, unsettling yet not abrasive, sometimes frightening and other times uplifting. The imagery, sounds, and titles all suggest something of a pagan ritual or druidic gathering of some sort...or maybe not, what do I know? But something a little shady is afoot (insert mysterious laughter here).

Aside from the usual instruments the band adds Harmonium, Autoharp, Violins and Viola, Piano, Glockenspiel and other assorted "sounds" which weave the songs together. This album was recorded in London in 2004 and is one of the most original and fun things I've heard in some time.

The tension builds to uncomfortable levels during "The Mage" before we get a beautiful avant-folksy release in "Peacock the Heretic." I love the arrangements and the fact that everything sounds good without being too densely crammed together and overbearing. There are also great stereo effects which will please the headphones crowd. "Perilous Fathoms" is loaded with mad guitar, violin, and keys all swirling together. There are many very short tracks which help keep the variety non-stop between the fuller tracks which range from 4-7 minutes each.

This album is all about the spirit of adventure and discovery akin to life itself. It doesn't take itself too seriously yet there is much substance. Funny how that works. They must have had an absolute blast making this album and anyone who likes imaginative music has to hear this. Like it or not you shouldn't be bored by this one. This music is like a thunderstorm: you never know what's coming next so keep your eyes (and ears) to the sky! I have to thank the other PA reviewers of this title for convincing me to take the plunge on one that I may not have otherwise found. 3.5 stars.

Finnforest | 4/5 |

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