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FOREVER BLOWING BUBBLES

Clearlight

 

Symphonic Prog

3.81 | 57 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is a worthy follow-up to the amazing debut but it's not nearly as good in my opinion. Again we get some great guests helping Cyrille out including Joel Dugrenot (ZAO) on bass, David Cross (KING CRIMSON) on violin and Gilbert Artman (LARD FREE) on drums.The guitar is often in the same style as Steve Hillage's playing and i'm sure that's not by accident as Steve played on the debut.

"Chanson" opens with bubbly synths as piano and faint vocals take over. It kicks in with guitar around a minute. It settles right down with reserved vocals, flute and piano as these contrasts continue. Violin before 4 minutes. "Without Words" again opens with bubbly synths then it turns mellow but it does start to build. A much better sound 3 minutes in as the guitar arrives and lights it up. It settles back before 6 minutes. "Way" opens with laid back drums and piano. It builds before 3 minutes with violin then settles back with bass and drums. Piano joins in then guitar 4 minutes in.This is really good. It speeds up 7 minutes in to the end.

"Ergotrip" has these spacey, bubbly synths for over a minute then the piano takes over. Drums and guitar join in.The guitar leads after 3 minutes then the violin joins in.The piano is prominant late. "Et Pendant Ce Temps La" opens with these powerful wind-like sounds. Bass, drums and piano then take over.The mellotron stands out the best on this track. "Narcisse Et Goldmund" features female vocals including Amanda Parsons in a pastoral setting. It ends beautifully. "Jungle Bubbles" has lots of synths and percussion. It ends in an experimental manner.

I think it's worth 4 stars but I would start with the debut if you want to check CLEARLIGHT out.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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