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4 stars Present is one of the alltime greatest RIO bands and their albums is always interesting listenings. This, their second album, is no exception from this rule.

Present's debut album was a claustrophobic experience. On the follow up album, the soundscape is more open and some alien elements is being introduced into the sound. Mostly, more traditional jazz and Canterbury scene jazz. Gilgamesh springs to mind several places. So do Picchio Dal Pozzo. But there is still no doubts that this is a Present album. The opening up of the soundscape has given the sound a lot of fresh air and the music is really breathing like a red rose on a summer's day. The final track Samana is a good example of an organic song based on both jazz and RIO.

The main components of this album is the twenty five minutes long title track. It is interluded with the rather sinister Ersatz. But the title track has a lot of zeuhl and RIO parts in it and is a superb song. The zeuhl vocals phrasings done by Marie-Anne Pollaris falls in fertile ground in my home. The sinister distorted electric guitars and the piano used as a bass is the main ingredients on this track though. This is a great track. Erzats too is a great track and I have already mentioned Samana.

In short, this is a great RIO album which also may appeal to the mainstream too. Maybe.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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