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SMORGASBORD

The Brimstone Solar Radiation Band

 

Crossover Prog

4.09 | 24 ratings

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Windhawk
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4 stars Great third effort by this Norwegian band, with an aptly named album to boot.

As one might guess by looking at the cover art, this is a production with quite a lot of 60's and 70's to be found. The general style is retro, but enveloped in a distinctly modern mix and production this makes for a rather intriguing sonic experience.

Musically we're treading in the lighter art rock territories, with wandering layered guitars providing both distinct themes as well as subtle and often fragmented details. 70's sounding electric guitar, acoustic guitar and mandolin being the main instruments of choice. Driving, elegant rhythms forms a high quality backdrop, and the lead vocals soars brilliantly above both in calmer as well as more emotional territories. Careful use of strings, reeds and organ provides the remaining details.

In style we're dealing with a band blending the sound of the Fab Four with 70's psychedelic and west coast rock, adding in elements from art rock as needed for the added sophistication. Generally positive and uplifting melodies, and pretty often energetic to boot. If the lighter side of the retro art rock universe is your thing, this is an album that should give you much joy.

Windhawk | 4/5 |

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