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Crossover Prog

4.03 | 572 ratings

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4 stars After releasing an album like "Doomsday Afternoon" which is definitely a masterpiece of a symphonic / conceptual prog everyone is wondering what's next. This group of brilliant musicians led by Phideaux Xavier decided to take a different approach to this piece. They renounced some of the symphonic accessories from the previous album (some, not all) and no longer designed the songs quite as intentionally proggy. Instead, the polyphonic vocal passages were further refined and the album was given a more psychedelic, proto-progressive sound (the sound is very homogeneous, and the instruments are very reminiscent of the late sixties, when devices like the Minimoog or the Mellotron were just on the rise). The sound remains emphatically 'old-fashioned' without repeating the symphonic density of the predecessor.

The very important thing is that no matter what style each of their albums brings, we always have the "sound" that is characteristic of Phideaux Xavier, which sometimes comes strong and bombastic, or is presented somewhere in the background just enough to give the composition that distinctive stamp.

With the piano and acoustic guitar as a basis, Phideaux weaves orchestrations through his compositions and the saxophone also appears regularly and there is an enormous layering in the music. Another strength of Phideaux's music is his strong vocals and the singing of his female colleagues. The ladies all sound great and especially in combination with Phideaux it sounds amazing.

It is a calm, detailed album, dominated by elegant melodies that get stuck in the ear, wonderful vocal passages very colorful arrangements and an arc of tension that spreads over the entire album, the songs on their own are shorter, but flow, it can be said that this album represents a suite that is perfectly embodied and it is a true prog epic.

prog_traveller!! | 4/5 |


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