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4 stars Fantasy Absent Reason, the second, (and latest), album by the instrumental prog group, Ovrfwrd, a recent arrival to the US prog scene in 2012, and made their studio debut in 2014.

Now I would like to take a moment and discuss instrumental music, as it should be noted that making instrumental music is not an easy task. It requires a greater use instrumental detail and melody throughout, the sort of details that a vocalist would provide to a composition. But even then you're walking a thin line. If your piece is too complex, it will be unappealing to all but the musical snobs. If it is too simple and it's likely doomed for use as elevator music. However, this group manages to strike a good balance.

The album is a very straightforward instrumental heavy prog release with some jazz elements sprinkled throughout, particularly in the drums. Guitar takes the main precedence here as the primary driving force behind many of the tracks, presenting some rather interesting melodies and motifs. The keyboards really help to fill out the music here, making great use of various keyboard effects to flesh out the melodies.

Fantasy Absent Reason is certain to satisfy the interests of any instrumental prog fan, while remaining accessible enough for the rest of us to enjoy as well. While there are a few weaker moments here and there, it is still a strong ablum as a whole.

Glimpse | 4/5 |


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