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The Owl Watches


Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.72 | 4 ratings

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4 stars Amazing debut of this "one-man band".

The Owl Watches is the name of the project leaded by Phil McKenna who shows all his talent on different instruments in this surprising debut album where the music is definetively aligned with the most classical jazz-rock sound but with delicate avant garde influences.

The opening suite, "Tales From The Inflatable Forest" are a great example of the mixture of genres that runs through the album. Some of the sections reminds me the work of Isildurs Bane and Ezra Winston, with all the complexities and strange atmospheres that this kind of musical experiment generates.

Second song, "There Ain't No Such Things As Spooks" keeps the same style of the opener but includes a stronger rhythmical base which reminds some Goblin mid-70's works turning this track into a mini-epical. "Perfect Picture In Reverse" is another great piece, with some sections that reminds the jazzy age of Colosseum and full of suprising changes and twists. The last two tracks, "Healing of A Heart" and "That's All He Wrote" stays in the same line of the previous songs, with an incredible work on guitar solos and rhythmical sections.

Anyway, a very interesting album specially recommended for fans of the bands that I mentioned before. A great and attractive project (with three albums by now) but it's necessary to discover it since this first production. 4*...

progadicto | 4/5 |


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