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MIDNIGHT MUSHRUMPS

Gryphon

 

Prog Folk

3.63 | 144 ratings

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MovingPictures07
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5 stars Gryphon's second album is a transitional album in sound, connecting the more progressive tendencies that were going to be expanded on in the next album yet still holding onto the pure straight-forward folk influences of their debut. This is an amazing album even if for the title track alone.

1. Midnight Mushrumps- Wow. Just wow. This may take a few listens to grow on you because of the length, but it's SO worth it. The title track here is definitely among the best tracks Gryphon ever made, if not the best track. Everything is perfect; the instruments are played with so much emotion and I love every second of it. The medieval influences are so intriguing and encompassing, I always feel like I'm listening to something extremely unique when I hear this song. This is one of my favorite pieces of music ever. The ending is so beautiful in particular. Flawless. 10+/10

2. The Ploughboy's Dream- The majestic keyboard introduction here is very interesting, and then the song goes into a Gryphon folk song that is similar to many of the songs on their debut. It is a good song, nothing absolutely revolutionary after the title track, but very good. 8/10

3. The Last Flash of Gaberdine Tailor- The instrumentation here is more interesting than the previous track for my tastes, notably the introduction with its medieval structure. The bassoons and Krumhorns are extremely pleasant on this track and really add so much to the magic of the music. This is Gryphon at their best. 10/10

4. Gulland Rock- This song interestingly starts off with a darker piano introduction until other instruments continue the chaos about a minute into it. The organ in the middle does a wonderful job of continuing the established haunting mood and everything in this song flows so naturally, almost like a forest scene being revealed before your eyes. Neat! 10/10

5. Dubbel Dutch- Immediately the more upbeat traditional folk feel can be sensed in this song, but that makes it no less complex (in fact, the introduction is quite layered). Again Gryphon really creates another unique composition with their unusual yet loveable style, and it really is a pleasant listen. This song works as relaxing background music or as a source of primary focus (as does the whole album). It's hard to come across music with such beauty. 9/10

6. Ethelion- The laughing in the opening here was actually unexpected when I first heard it and gives the song a somewhat manic tone to it. The song then develops into a surprisingly extremely beautiful folk anthem. This is wonderful music! 10/10

I have such a hard time rating this album because it is so unique and I enjoy it so much. There's no reason to say it isn't a masterpiece of what it tries to accomplish, so I think it deserves every star.

This is such an excellent and magical addition to any collection of anyone who is thirsty for something refreshing and different. Just pick up Red Queen first.

MovingPictures07 | 5/5 |

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