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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars CARPTREE are a Swedish duo (vocals & keyboards) who fill out their sound with the help of the NO FUTURE ORCHESTRA, who add bass, drums and guitars amongst other things. There are also two backup singers and a choir. The music is fairly laid back and atmospheric for the most part, although there certainly are some powerful moments. The singer has been described as Fish or Gabriel-like, but in my opinion that's being very generous.

"Titans Clash Aggressively To Keep An Even Score" opens with piano as a thunder storm can be heard. The vocals come in and are reserved. A full sound before 2 minutes with some scorching guitar before 3 1/2 minutes. "Sunshine Waters" opens with vocal melodies as reserved vocals join in. A fuller sound 1 1/2 minutes in with piano. It really sounds like mellotron here, but none is credited. The contrast between the mellow and fuller sections continues. Great sound 4 1/2 minutes with some excellent guitar after 5 minutes. "The Weakening Sound" is darker with piano and fragile vocals. A fuller sound with the choir sounds impressive 3 minutes in. Lots of atmosphere follows.

"Tilting The Scales" has a pastoral intro that doesn't last a minute as vocals and a full sound kicks in. The contrast continues. "The Man You Became" is orchestral to begin with as birds come in chirping then spoken words. "Man Made Machine" is led by drums, vocals and piano. It gets pretty intense 4 minutes in. Amazing section. "Burn To Something New" features some nice bass early. Drums take the lead 3 minutes in. Not really a fan of this one. "In The Centre Of An Empty Space" becomes uptempo and fairly powerful but I can't get into it. "The Recipe" features accordion and vocals throughout. It's pretty silly really. "This Is Home" opens with these breathing sounds in an experimental intro. A heavy beat comes in with vocals. Lots of chaos late.

I'm just not enjoying this record. It's still worth 3 stars but barely.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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