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Ichthyander Dad's Only Dolphin


Eclectic Prog

3.87 | 13 ratings

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4 stars This live album is a reunion concert for this Ukrainian band who formed in 1994. An instrumental release containing an impressive diversity of instruments but generally centred in the guitar/bass/drums area. A very eclectic sound including fusion, post-punk, electronica and classical. "Through The Gates Of The Universe" opens the album with what is apparently a recording of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin speaking. Once the music starts it's some kind of hard rocking fusion. Nice guitar soloing here. Good violin and sax in this track as well. Gets mellower with spacey synths and guitar arpeggios later.

"Opus 16" starts out kind of New Wave symph prog, then gets more funky before becoming more symphonic. "Unmeasured Spaces" begins as a kind of avant-fusion featuring mallet percussion. Some good synth soloing and sax soloing. "Epiphany" is the highlight of the album for me (and you can listen to this track on PA). Opens with a funky synth riff and fast guitar picking before an awesome groove drives the music forward. Love the fast fusiony guitar playing in parts. Great melodies in this track. Nice unison runs between guitar and violin at one point. In the middle goes symphonic before returning to the funky synth riff.

"Comeback To Life" has sitar and flute making a very New Age beginning of this track. Gradually gets more symphonic and orchestral with additional instruments being added. Really great synth soloing dominates for awhile before ending with a symphonic finish. This release has very good sound and the musicianship is superb. You can purchase this album on Bandcamp. For fans of Eclectic Prog in general. I will give this a solid 4 stars.

zravkapt | 4/5 |


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