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BELLS & PROCLAMATIONS

Big Block 454

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.86 | 4 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars Strange band, this British band.

I think it is fair to say that a fair share of the British people are eccentric. I have moved to Great Britain from another country and has lived here for almost two decades. For me and coming from a well organised sane society, most of the British society seems eccentric to me.

This British band Big Block 454 is mirroring the British eccentric man on this, their new album. It starts with some cathedral bells and continues out the door and into the British society. It is not a big sound madcap album like you would expect from an avant-garde album. Bells & Proclamations is much more a pastoral, tuned down album. To that extent, Bells & Proclamations has more in common with the Genesis albums Foxtrot and Trespass than anything from Univers Zero. Yes, Bells & Proclamations includes a fair share of avant-garde too. But it is not an all out avant-garde album. It also has a lot in common with the Krautrock scene. The basis on Bells & Proclamations is based on finding and presenting a good melody. ...........Which there is a lot of on this album.

Still, it is a pretty bizarre album with a lot of reference to britpop, the 1980s depressive pop/rock scene (New Order), some 1980s techno (Kraftwerk) and a lot of pastisj. It is........well, an eccentric album.

The overall quality though is great. Most of the material really creeps under the skin of the listener and stays there. The music is also well crafted and intelligently made. This band knows their craft and really maximise their skills. It is a strange album which leans both on the good melody and on all out avant-garde'ism. But it has found the perfect balance between those two worlds. I am really both intrigued and impressed by this album. Hence; my verdict.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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