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4 stars Discus from Indonesia is for one reason or another listed in the RIO/Avant-Garde genre. Don't let that scare you. This album is not anywhere near that genre.

It is rare to listen to an album with so many feet in so many various genres. Within one hour, they cover jazz, rock, symphonic prog, heavy prog, canterbury, eclectic and folk. Not only dipping into these genres, but really getting a proper foothold in these genres. This makes this album a rare, really lush album. It is full of life and wonderment. It is a perfect warm summer-prog album, if such a genre has ever excisted. Yes, take this album out on your lawn and enjoy it when getting your suntan. Not only your skin will get warm. Your soul and your mood will get a healthy glow too.

In short; this album is a solid smorgasboard with everything from vegetables and fruits to chicken, fish and beef. The instruments are everything from nice female vocals via male vocals to electric guitars, tangents, bass, drums, flutes and various woodwinds. Discus feels like a big band orchestra from the 1940s where Glenn Miller was the king of swing. Discus is a return to that era.

This album is not particular subtle too. The music is pretty heavy with a lot of various instruments crammed into the sound. What comes at you comes at you in two hundred miles an hour. This is a big sound album in other words. That may cause some sensory overload for the listener... like it did to me. I did not know what to make out of this when I listened to it for the first time one year ago. Writing a review was postponed until today.

One year later, I appreciate this album a lot and I really enjoying it...... although it is raining outside. There are no killer tracks here. Neither does this album have any uninteresting or even dull moments. It is in short a true gem from a country not known for it's progressive rock or even music scene. I think this is an excellent album by all standards.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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