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[BLOMLJUD]

Moon Safari

 

Symphonic Prog

4.15 | 372 ratings

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erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer
4 stars

For Keith

This Swedish five-piece band is rooted in 2003, two years later they released their debut CD entitled A Doorway To Summer with the help of The Flower Kings keyboardplayer Thomas Bodin. I was very pleased with the melodic, varied and lush symphonic rock sound and looked eagerly forward to the successor. Well, it took 3 years but Moon Safari has just released the new album named Blomljud and it's even a double-CD, how daring. Both CD's have a running time of at about 50 minutes and the band invited guest musicians on electric guitar, pedal steel guitar, percussion, violin and cello.

During my first listening session I had to get used to the contrast between the parts with acoustic rhytm guitar and vocal harmonies and the interludes with bombastic vintage keyboards. But then I really started to enjoy the 24-carat symphonic prog that sounds very melodic and pleasant, quite often I was carried away to Progheaven, especially because of the long and alternating compositions that are loaded with flashy Minimoog flights, heavy Mellotron waves and beatiful work on the Grand piano. I also loved the sensitive an dmoving guitar solos, accompanied by lush choir-Mellotron, goose bumps! The 11 songs on the two CD's deliver a lot of variation, from dreamy piano with acoustic guitar and flute Mellotron, warm vocals with violin and acoustic rhythm guitar with sparkling piano to powerful R&R inspired guitar with heavy Hammond organ (like in the Classic Yes sounding Yasgur's Farm), a blend of 12-string - and steel guitar and bombastic eruptions with Hammond, Moog and Mellotron, wonderful! The exciting highlight of Blomljud is the very long composition Other Half Of The Sky (more than half an hour), it contains cascades of shiftings moods and great solos, never a dull moment: a bombastic part with fiery wah-wah drenched guitar and Hammond organ, sensitive guitar runs with choir-Mellotron and sparkling Grand piano, a mellow part with 12-string guitar, vocal harmonies and steel guitar and a propulsive interlude with fiery guitar and Hammond and Mellotron.

I am delighted and very impressed by the huge progress of Moon Safari in 3 years, sensational!

erik neuteboom | 4/5 |

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