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3 stars MULTIFUSE - the project name is really sought out with accuracy. Peter Fallowell does not only master multiple instruments like guitar, keyboards and drums - he also covers a corresponding range of music styles hereby. 'Journey To The Nesting Place' sounds flawless even though the completion has needed 16 years in the end as he claims. I assume this is only meant for the process of composing though. It doesn't matter, let me point to the other band members.

MULTIFUSE is also bass player Tom Allen whose role is quite unspectacular compared to female vocalist Cherie Emmitt. Her charming voice dominates the album a lot and plays a reasonable part in contributing to the mellow mood. The official website recommends to treat this work as one piece 'because the album is conceived as a modern Symphony'. This is true I would say - dominated by a relaxed symphonic related texture and skillfully arranged with some reminiscences to wellknown bands which were most successful in the 70/80s.

'You can Hypnotise - I give you my devotion ...' - this is obviously dealing with hypnosis, the chances but also the risks of getting a deeper insight of what makes out your personality. And this procedure needs repetitive facility. First of all there is a staccato Fender Rhodes which reminds of Supertramp's 'Dreamer' immediately and accompanies you through the whole piece. Starting with an ambient/spacey vibe it grooves after a while initiated by the bass. And then we have polyphonic vocals which are mysterious, charming but dramatic too, emphatically arranged. The song is provided with a catchy refrain and develops to something beautiful after listening for several times.

On Day To Day Fallowell's excellent drum playing is striking. This song is divided in an up-tempo and a balladesque part. Remembering me at the Alan Parsons Project a little bit Answer You has probably the most pop leanings but consists of a fine grooving part with a nice guitar solo too. The epic long track Yours Again is concipated with six parts. Obviously Fallowell's core track, a symphony by itself, provided with variety, many breaks and turns - a quite complex piece which surely stands in opposite to popular music. At the end they are coming back to the initial hypnosis theme making use of irresistible polyphonic vocals once again.

Another album which takes a few listens by all means. You are immediately wrapped by the mellow mood focused on Emmitt's vocals and the piano. My first impression was a strong mainstream attitude - but this is dissolving soon. Despite the fact it took very long to finish this album it doesn't sound overproduced at all. A recommendation to fans of sophisticated delightful prog music.

Rivertree | 3/5 |


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