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VISITOR 2035

Visitor 2035

 

Eclectic Prog

3.50 | 16 ratings

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Finnforest
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4 stars Space Fusion

I imagine the second Visitor 2035 album as one of those titles which gets the occasional mention in darkened basements--where old proggers have gathered to spin obscure music whilst attempting not to bother the rest of the family. Somewhere between the posters and the next bowl Visitor 2035 comes up. Is it possible this title still is not available on CD?

While it may not be the greatest jazz-rock album and while I'm not genre qualified to proclaim that anyway, the jazzheads on the site have not yet written about this one. So you're stuck with my thoughts for now. Despite my lack of jazz pedigree I do know what I like. And I like this one. It fits comfortably with others I've owned such as Secret Oyster and Il Baricentro, while folks elsewhere have mentioned Brand X and Weather Report in comments. Certain "smoother" sections even remind me a bit of Camel's more fusioney moments.

Lacking the smoky grit of jazz albums that obsess on the saxophone and its seedy vibe, Visitor really does seem to consciously embrace the album cover they chose. Consistently they will bring back these keyboard sounds with a very spacey feel, very soothing and peaceful. This is not to say they cannot peel off some wicked guitar leads and funky grooves, the talents of the players and the diversity of songwriting is a great strength. They work their way into these huge, borderline wild jams (killer bass!) and then they drop right into these soothing, spacey landscapes, seeming to thrive on the contrast. "Cassiopeia" stays in this low key territory with acoustic guitar and light percussion, almost Oregon territory. Synths find their way back in and again we feel like we have a soundtrack for stargazing. I like the balance they use with various synthesizer, piano and e-piano. I think the album would please most instrumental rock fans.

I've always found this one an impressive release from the "little known gems" category. If you can't track down a vinyl you can hear it currently on YouTube.

Finnforest | 4/5 |

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