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GLASS KITES II

Glass Kites

 

Crossover Prog

3.83 | 27 ratings

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4 stars Review #8 A half-hour revelation.

It's always fun to learn about new bands via Instagram. One such band is called "Glass Kites" and hails from Canada. They released their first album on the first of January 2012 - then their second album nine years later to the day. A wonderful album, which I would like to review today. Whenever an album can captivate you from the first listen, I know exactly that there is a special piece of music, which manages to fulfill its own expectations and desires. In this case, it already succeeds in the first song "Intro (Soviet)", which highlights the instrumental strength of the band. Also, the style of the album becomes visible, which can be described as pleasantly relaxed to unusually progressive. One of the main songwriters, Leon Feldman, knows exactly how to give the tracks an inner calm with progressive passages. An important role is played not only by the clean guitars, but also by the multi-layered keyboard parts, which again and again insert highly interesting modulations into the music, which quickly touch the genre border to jazz. Four- and five-finger chords embedded in progressive twists with the gift of never leaving the path of understanding, as firm and sweet melodic leads always remain fixed components of the pieces. As a complement, the great bass sound and dynamic drums provide a good foundation for this. So much for the theory. But I find another aspect highly appealing. The CD ends after 30 minutes. Thus, it is clear that I enjoy every note and every development until the early end of the album and hope that the time does not pass too quickly. Thus, it is incredibly fun to enjoy the CD in peace. "Glass Kites" second album is difficult to compare because of the high individuality, but that's a good thing. The band creates a successful atmosphere with an earworm and fascinating character. Digression: Dear critics, I feel that the mix of the album is quite excellent and I gladly contradict you with that. A still too unknown band should get more attention - so listen to it with urgent recommendation! Let's hope that the next album will not be released on 01.01.2030.

Smurfreviews | 4/5 |

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