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Porcupine Tree


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4 stars An Excellent EP which leads to Great Album! I wish .

WOW! This is really a great EP that I am pretty damn sure it would lead to a brilliant album in the very near future. It anchors the band's existence in the style of music they have been focusing on, giving away the influences by legendary band like Pink Floyd. It's very obvious in fact through the opening title track "Nil Recurring" where I can hear its music subtleties by playing the music loudly. All the soundscape and the music grooves come out clearly with its excellent sonic quality of the CD represented by tight bass lines, powerful drumwork, ambient keyboard and its effects plus stunning guitar riffs and melody. It's so wonderful and mind-boggling, I would say. This song blew me away at firs spin and in fact I played it loud when I listened to it the first time. It's a great instrumental track!

"Normal" kicks off with inventive acoustic guitar work followed by great music with brilliant grooves in relatively fast tempo followed with nice break that accompanies Steve Wilson's vocal line enters the music. The inventive acoustic guitar work still provide nice fills at background. The song moves brilliantly with a combined style of symphonic music indicated by long sustain keyboard work at background in mellotron-like sound and psychedelic music. This has made the song really attractive and enjoyable to my taste and I am sure it would satisfy wider listeners as well. When the music slows down, there is a violin-like sound followed vibrantly by a blast of music with heavy riffs. It's quite enjoyable the change from one style to another.

"Cheating The Polygraph" flows with medium tempo and provides good break after quite heavy music with previous two tracks. But the music moves into high tones again with nice guitar riffs and floating vocal line. Bass guitar provides great solo right after the high tones and it remarks the music to slow down as the vocal line will enter again. It's really an excellent track. The music returns back to higher tones with heavier guitar riffs.

"What Happens Now?" starts with an ambient nuance followed with percussion work. The music flows steadily with bass lines as beat keepers followed with keyboard which then accompany Steve Wilson's vocal line. The percussion work still work continuously at background. The music moves in crescendo with a great sound effects resulting from guitar and keyboard. The vocal line turns into distant-singing which makes the music more space psychedelic in nature. The drumwork enters and brings the music into its full-blown style, typical to Porcupine Tree rhythm section. It's so wonderful!

Well, I know that this is an EP which serves as a teaser of the band's upcoming album. But, I respect the music highly. I confirm that this is a masterpiece EP that prog lovers must have it or at least they must buy the full album length which I believe would be a masterpiece as well, knowing that the four tracks in this EP are all masterpiece. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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