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Good NightOwl


Eclectic Prog

3.85 | 88 ratings

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siLLy puPPy
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PSIKE, JRF/Canterbury, P Metal, Eclectic
5 stars Ah, if this album is any indication of the new year and the roaring 20s to come then i'm TOTALLY in for the full show. GOOD NIGHTOWL doesn't refer to a well-behaved nocturnal avian with excellent vision but is actually the pseudonym of Philadelphia, PA based Dan Cupps who creates his musical visions alone on his laptop in his house near his cats, at least that's what he states on his Bandcamp page. This guy is prolific and obviously a freekin' genius as he's not only a multi-instrumentalist musician but also a comedy writer, producer and actor and who knows what else. His apparent goal is to prove how much a homo sapiens can achieve on a low budget. Hmmm? i resemble those remarks! (but pale in comparison to this music magic)

Suffice it to say?. there is so very, very, very much music to experience these days. I mean you can really expand your consciousness to include the entire history of recorded music on your computer so it's becoming ever more difficult to find a niche in the glut of talent that exists. Once in a while someone hits me in the right spot that i really fall into their spell. Such is the case of the acts of yore but now? Well? yeah!!!! It still exists and surprises me when it does. Can something from one dude really sound organic, inspired, melodic, proggy as hell and off-kilter enough to keep me from labeling the music as a wannabe tribute to who-knows-who from the past? Yep. Originality persists and Cupps AKA the talent ted GOOD NIGHTOWL is a primo example of just that.

As GOOD NIGHTOWL, Cupps has been quite prolific since his introduction to the world in 2011 and has released a whopping 15 albums, none of which i've heard until my first album of 2020. LIARS is an instantly addictive slice of melodic prog that tackles a very bizarre concept which i can only copy from the Bandcamp page because i couldn't possibly provide a better description "LIARS is a concept album by Good NightOwl containing a story about a pathological liar who almost turns the world to chaos when he pays scientists to create a fake research consensus that would aim to prove to the public that pathological lying isn't merely lying, but rather remembering an alternate timeline with a completely different set of events."

The album LIARS consists of 10 single-word titled tracks and only consumes a whopping 46 minutes of your life but surprisingly after i listened to this a few times, i actually still want more! The perfect recipe for my attention span is presented here however you must be warned that this is a very melodic and catchy pop-hook prog type of album. You must love crossover aspects with unorthodox behaviors. Really, what comes to mind when i listen to LIARS is that it is the perfect prog meets new romantic 80s new wave album that never was. Maybe a bad thing to some but not to me. If you're into the highly melodic antics of Big Big Train or Porcupine Tree then this is right up your alley. If you only treasure avant-freakery such as Henry Cow or Univers Zero, go on with yer bad self. This ain't for you.

Wow. Where to start? This is first and foremost very melodic pop oriented music that simply expands the possibilities into prog turf. Melodies and brilliant vocalizations are at the forefront and then the variations kick in but you cannot help but be mesmerized by the addictive hooks that instantly take you to heaven. All hooks are based in 80s new wave. Bands like ABC, Orchestral Maneouvres In The Dark, Depeche Mode and even the Eurythmics may come to mind while listening to LIARS. This is clearly somebody influenced by the 80s but who has the love of prog in the heart and the alchemy of the two is clearly magic in its delivery! While the melodic constructs are clearly rooted in the most catchy picks of the 80s, the instrumental and thematic material is clearly of a more complex ilk.

In addition to nice melodic tugs we get Emerson inspired keyboard antics, Steve Howe=esque guitar wankery and prog chops that make proggers have to decide in which dimension they reside. The vocals are sublime and there are even off-kilter tracks like "Pressure" that add a little oom-pah-pah to the mix. There are times when the vocals even sound a bit like George Michael but despite all the obvious references to 80s classic pop shop, GOOD NIGHTOWL manages to keep it all tastefully delivered. When all is said and done, i think of this one-man b and as sounding more like Muse for all the progressive pop sensibilities are on full fire and the changes evoke a highly evolved sense of musical understanding. Wow. This totally makes me want to explore this dude's work beyond this one album. This is a truly a brilliant self-composed masterpiece. Wow. Wow. Wow. Released on New Year's Day, so far my fave album of the year! I predict this will still be on the my personal charts even after 360+ days :)

siLLy puPPy | 5/5 |


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