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SLIDING

Transience

 

Neo-Prog

2.77 | 15 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer
3 stars TRANSIENCE is the project of LANDS END's keyboardist Fred Hunter. Since his band mates help him out here it really comes off sounding like LANDS END most of the time.The songs are shorter though and it's less psychedelic which explains why they're in the Neo camp instead of the Psychedelic house like the parent band. Each song represents a place that had an effect on Fred in one way or another.

"At Squaw's Peak" starts off really well even the synths have a PORCUPINE TREE flavour to them.That all changes quickly though, then it settles and the vocals arrive.The guitar leads after 6 minutes to the end. "Sliding" has a fairly spacey intro then the drums kick in after a minute with synths and acoustic guitar. "Desert Falls" opens with the sound of crickets then the synths roll in with atmosphere. Heavy drums and vocals follow. It settles after 4 minutes as synths wash in, not for long though. Sax after 8 minutes as it settles with synths and bass to the end. A really good section. "LA Post" opens with a traffic report on the radio before the synths and strummed guitar kick in.Vocals too as he sings "L.A. piece of shit town that you are...". Some clapping on this one too. Organ after 3 1/2 minutes.

"Captiva Island" is my favourite. Spacey synths early as sax joins in. It kicks in 3 minutes with drums. Guitar follows and it's great. Spacey again to end it. "Utah Revisited" opens with the sound of cars driving by as drums then vocals come in. Keys too. Sax before 5 1/2 minutes. A laid back tune. "The Seven Pools" opens with the sound of running water. Acoustic guitar after 2 minutes as the music arrives and builds. Piano 3 minutes in then organ after 4 minutes. A full sound with guitar 6 minutes in. Nice. A calm 8 minutes in with running water. Vocals a minute later. The tempo picks up 11 1/2 minutes in as drums and synths lead. Vocals are back briefly. "Stanley Park" is the closing instrumental is a keyboard dominated track.

A good album but I wish it was all instrumental.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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