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UNDER THE BIG TREE

Under The Big Tree

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.00 | 3 ratings

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Shakespeare
3 stars Nick Peck, Episode's keyboardist, has done a number of side projects after the dissolving of Episode, most of which are available for free (legal) download off www.underthebigtree.com. The keyboardist, who I consider to be more of a composer than anything, has made a mainly solo project with this one (though his real solo projects are electrical ambient music). This album took a total of three years to record. That is huge! That knowledge alone suggests that a lot of work went into the record, and that it clearly meant a lot to Peck, and therefore we should give it a listen. The 12 tracks are all connected, and, as the website would suggest, is a bit of a concept album concerning the question "Where do we connect?" which indeed is one of the track names. That question may mean different things for everybody. As I understand, the lyrics are a bit of an autobiography of Mr. Peck (but don't quote me on that, I may be wrong), and the musical styles of this album span from straight-up symphonic prog, to experimental near-ambient, with a huge array of musical textures including orchestra, sitar, and even the revered mellotron.

The compositions are all great, but I'm a bit sad to say that I do not think that singing is Peck's strongest musical ability. The heart is there, but I just think he was born to play them keys. And that he does! He is quite an avid keyboardist, and an equally good composer. Again, some of the playing is a tad stale and uninspired (though, that may be the production...), but the compositions are always great and the heart is always there! Sometimes is catchy, memorable and edgy, and other times is softer, more touching. But I guarantee you all, this is some very good songwriting. Especially since the music is available for free download (ever song!), please check out this record! Considering this album has been out since '97, and it took three years of Peck's life to make this, I'm sad I am the first to review this.

Shakespeare | 3/5 |

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