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Crossover Prog

3.71 | 70 ratings

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3 stars Professionally Rendered, Straightforward Modern Prog

Disconnect is a two-man home recording project between U.S. East Coast musicians Erich O'Dell and Brian Eschrich. Clearly, the pair have quite a bit of experience under their belts and their third album "Indivision" sounds very professional in terms of performance, recording, and engineering. The band has embraced PA by providing much of their work for streaming, and asking reviewers such as myself to check out their music.

Disconnect's sound sits very comfortably in the modern prog realm of Spock's Beard, Flower Kings, and Porcupine Tree. They explore a variety of sounds ranging from popish melodies, occasional heavy guitar, and some proggy instrumental sections. Unlike some multi- instrumentalists, both players handle all their duties with full skill. There are no holes in the sound, which I credit especially to Eschrich. Many of the home studio projects fall down in the rhythm department, but the percussion here is quite solid. Similarly, O'Dell has the taste to vary his guitar and vocal tonalities to maintain interest. Nothing here is showy or technical, all performances function in service of their song.

Overall, the tone is pretty mellow and doesn't hold many surprises, however. I've found my mind wandering during the album on every listen aside from the ones where I'm specifically working on this review. There are no "wow" moments. There's really nothing I hum or lyrics I recall after the album is over. And there's almost nothing that really distinguished this band from those that came before. There are occasional flashes of interest throughout the disc. The spacy instrumental "Rapture" evokes a darker mood, while a few of the fill lines on "Creeping Fade" hint at a more complex prog.

The band is extremely competent and tasty. The songs flow nicely one into another, and despite my previous criticisms, I never get bored as a listener. The sound covers a lot of territory. It's certainly pleasant work music for the prog fan. At the same time, the band is going to have to take some risks and find their own individual voices before they're going to be anything beside one of a huge number of acts of this kind.

Negoba | 3/5 |


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