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Patchwork Cacophony


Symphonic Prog

3.86 | 11 ratings

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5 stars PATCHWORK CACOPHONY is not a band as such, but the solo-project of very talented musician, songwriter and singer Ben Bill who has managed to do all himself in a classy and professional way. The use of piano, Hammond organ, Rhodes, Mellotron, Roland, Tambourine, cowbell, acoustic and electric guitars, fretless bass, drums could give you clues to its direction. After favorable comments on the eponymous CD two years back, Ben comes up with a second offer titled 'Five Of Cups'. The material contained therein, is reminiscent of symphonic prog luminaries from the 70's epoch. This new embodiment of retro-sound melds diverse ingredients into fantastic combination that's built around improvisational prowess and emotive singing. So, welcome to the show which begins with 16+ min. epic 'Fairytale'. Accentuating the events that should unfold, the lengthy track is comprised of four sequential parts: 'Are You Sitting Comfortably?', 'Once Upon A Time', 'The Wonder Of It All' and 'Life Is Not A Fairytale'. Every piece on this puzzle bears the mark of exceptional mastership, to impress anyways. A genuine Floyd-ism crops up initially. Though, instead of Gilmour-like passages, what emerges soon is a stylish piano accompaniment, leading up to the occurrence of grand keyboards alongside rhythm throbs and undercurrent guitar work. Counter-melodies are mixed to lead vocals and lovely harmonies. Thus, the things turn into a wholly different pattern (one might suggest a reference to Cressida). Some minutes later, Bram Stoker gets the homage - with intention to move toward a soothing, five-minute conclusion that has the exquisite traits of Supertramp. Ben Bell's vocals convey much of passion. Just to leave you pondering a scale of virtuosity, the intricate 'Choices' delivers the vintage fashion a'la Keith Emerson, modified for the musical fabric of Patchwork Cacophony. The arrangements focus on ELP- allusion creating an overall effect upon which the sundry colours dance and play. The instrumental tune 'Counting Chickens' switches to realm of Alan Parsons Project. This one is followed by mid-tempo 'Maybe'. Yet again, there're echoes of Pink Floyd here. The guitar excursion of special guest, Marcus Taylor, succeeds to help the flame burning. Full of contrasts, 'Every Day' is another surprise. It sounds like a joining of Pink Floyd, Manfred Mann's Earth Band and Genesis (in their prime). The glorious keyboards are still front and center delivering a great performance. Next up, 'Chasing Rainbows' which tends to a principle of vigorous couplets followed by sedate refrains. The perfectly timed piano interlude guarantees a touching moment within the texture. Melodically fabulous instrumental 'From A Spark' has a sheer classical flavor, being perhaps a nod to Frederic Chopin. It's a soft kind of music that glides gently into ears and slithers into brain, taking up residence. Awesome!.. The album reaches its worthy final with an expansive composition 'Brand New Day'. Returning to the ELP legacy and adding occasional flashes of Rick Wakeman, Patchwork Cacaphony provides the varying hues of Camel, while the skilful Tim Hall injects his guitar solo. And for sure, the memorable voice of Ben Bell is an important factor. Sum up. Devotees of the progressive rock groups mentioned above, must be among the first to give this new release very serious consideration. Those aficionados who appreciate CD 'Pilgrimage' by the British band Pilgrym, will enjoy CD 'Five Of Cups' too.. Check it out!
PH | 5/5 |


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