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SONGS FROM A SOLITARY HOME

Major Parkinson

 

Eclectic Prog

4.11 | 34 ratings

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Icarium
4 stars Song from a Solitary home

This album is one that hit me like a surprise or to say it honest, this band took me by surprise. I randomly went to a gig where they were the headliners, I had zero expectations nor had I ever heard a song.

I left the gig with their latest album Song from a Solitary home it is as you expected from the concert lively.

Well how is this album, whimsical is one word to describe it, but also complex and this band know how to play their instruments, not in a Gentle Giant way (no one is that btw), but they are in the same league when it comes to arrangement skills, song structure and playfulness as the prog giants of the 70s. They differ by their influence not only by 70s they also incorporate 80s alternative to minor degrees and a light metallic crunch and mindset (but they are not metal by any extent).

They include a lot of different elements to their music; they have a rumour to play circus/vaudeville type of rock, in that way that it is wild, happy and playful. Tom Waits is also heard clearly by the way the vocalist sings, he is not aWaits clone but uses a similar gruff/growling singing style. The interludes/solos by ether piano and guitar shows a hint of ElP and Yes influence. Specially in songs like Solitary Home, The Age of Paranoia and Adville. Genre styles in their music is Jazz, avant-garde, symphonic prog, pop rock and folk, all of the songs on the album are short to medium in length but that do not stop them at being complex and full of nice little details.

I will by heart say that this is a strong example of 00s progressive rock that don't lack the mindset of 70s prog but never sounds like copycats but more like classy interpreters.

Excellent inclusion to any progressive rock fan

Icarium | 4/5 |

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