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REFLEX ARC

Marc Carlton

 

Crossover Prog

3.97 | 10 ratings

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mitsubachi
4 stars From the opening notes of One to the gentle dying away of Sixteen's final echoes, Reflex Arc demands the listener's full attention. and the listener is not disappointed, being given the opportunity to travel on a journey through human perception, reaction and reflection.

Each track on this wholly instrumental album explores a facet of consciousness - a grand aim that may seem ambitious but that is fully and beautifully executed, with the artist performing all parts himself with his usual virtuosity.

Those who fully give themselves up to this aural experience will be rewarded with immersion in magnificent vistas of emotion, the lack of track 'titles' as such encouraging the listener to explore their own reflexes and reactions to the music. I found my own response to the album immediate and powerful, encountering sonic landscapes ranging from the poignant, romantic, and heart-wrenchingly melodic of Four, through the dark, exploratory, searching insistence of Ten, and the triumphant, impassioned force of Fifteen.

On this album Marc Carlton has achieved musical eloquence seldom encountered. His music is affecting: intense, touching, and ultimately vital.

This record is no more and no less than the soundtrack to human experience - hyperbole does not apply. Listen and re-experience how wonderful, beautiful, direct and essential music can be.

mitsubachi | 4/5 |

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