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HARVEST

Ciccada

 

Eclectic Prog

4.13 | 104 ratings

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prog_traveller!!
4 stars It took six years until after The Finest of Miracles a new album by the Greek formation Ciccada was released in spring 2021, their third overall. The line-up has changed a bit, more precisely: expanded. The wind section is reinforced with Marietta Tsakmakli on saxophone, and vocals are now doubled with singer Dimi Spela. Unlike on the previous one, there are no guest musicians this time.

Musically not much has changed, Ciccada also offer Harvest something like a panopticon of different varieties of progressive rock of the 70s. The music slides out of the speakers in an artful and filigree manner, with the fan and keys usually dominating. The flute, in particular, brings a distinct folkloric component to the music, not of the Greek kind, more of a kind of general folk aura. The guitar creates more filigree braids than robust solos, but every now and then also brings in a slightly floydy tone. The rhythm section accompanies the whole thing confidently. The music is refined again by the clear singing of Evangelia Kozonia, who sings completely in English this time. Your newly added male counterpart brings a nice contrast. In general, there is more singing here than on the two previous albums of the band.

Ciccada again proves that they are not a clone band in any aspect and that they put their unique stamp in their music. It also gets jazzy every now and then, and the clarinet and saxophone often create a subliminal chamber rock atmosphere. When these instruments come to the fore, the music sometimes gets into RIO realms; for example in No Man's Land. The songs are very varied, the band brings a large arsenal of sounds that transform perfectly and thus form one beautiful whole. Ciccada also prove to be one of the leading bands of the retro-prog genre on their third album. Colorful, varied and complexly arranged songs, which are melodious and have rough edges at the same time, and can even get a little weird.

This is an album that will definitely take a high place on my personal list of the best albums released this year.

prog_traveller!! | 4/5 |

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