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The Enid


Symphonic Prog

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3 stars Hidden sapphire in the lotion

I have been a fan of The Enid of old ever since I encountered In the Region of the Summer Stars some 5 years ago, and fans of this particular period of the band will probably have some difficulties listening to The Seed & the Sower - I know I had...

First of all this record is pumped full of electronics - as in early 80s Tangerine Dream, Harald Grosskopf or Vangelis. In fact Vangelis probably is a fair reference point, as his later works often dabble in between the orchestral grandiose and what some people erroneously call new wave electronics. Robert John Godfrey just doesn´t sound like he did in the 70s, but then again we ARE visiting a progressive website aren´t we? You can still hear the heart of this guy though, as he sports one of the most characteristic synth approaches known to the northern hemisphere. It is very elegant and suave, and you can almost picture the hand lotion and flapping white doves accompanying his leads. This sounds like I´m making fun of ol´ Robert, but I´m not. 99.9% of the times I´d use a metaphor like that you´d be right, but not here.

This is very mystical music - one that flutters slowly around like a hungry vulture circling the skies looking for a rotting carcass. Either that or maybe the backwards hovering music here resembles those leafs that look like propellers, when they are torn from the tree descending towards the ground like a spinning ice figure skater.

The different usage of synths and keys on The Seed & the Sower much of the time mimic violins, cellos, flutes, clarinets and other instruments that takes you to concert halls and things that start with Royal or Philharmonic. This facet of the music doesn´t sound as chemical and clinical as one would imagine, and during my first spins - I actually thought this album was done with an orchestra and the works.

To be perfectly honest with you guys out there in computer land, if it wasn´t for the final track Reverberations, I´d most likely award this album with 2 stars. Granted the Longhome track really spices things up with some bombastic drums and guitars soaked in chilli - along with some pensive and bubbly electronics, but the other pieces here are more of a chill-out excursion - that probably only will satisfy those like myself with a soft spot for music that sounds like a mild attack of fluffy snow crystals.

Reverberations however is by far one of the most compelling and salivating modern symphonic pieces, I have ever come across. It sounds like the front cover of Tangerine Dream´s Rubycon. Yeah that sounds about right. Some kind of sonic monster growing into the universe, and leaving it behind for a new pair of trousers that actually fits. It´s a piece that breaths - it comes and rolls in large waves of notes that seem to soar freely on electronic winds and then plummet right down to earth again - piercing your body like a powerful low frequency bass - leaving your body like a shivering membrane - or like that Rubycon cover with the water drop clashing into the liquid surface. It is slow moving, and the way Godfrey utilizes the synths on here towers over the rest of the album like a tiger does a common house cat. They flicker about like small insects, but yet very controlled and hypnotic, and upon these a beautiful yearning BAH BAH is calling out in a nothingness that is so big and incomprehensible, that you´d need a new set of telescopes to watch how far into space these reverberations fly. On top of these cradling repetitions - the violin mimicking keys starts wailing and I get über chills that threatens my nipples with explosion. Reverberations is an astonishing example of music from the 80s, which is beautiful like the simplicity of decay and the colours of fall. This decade was a pillar of weltschmerz and morbid romanticism outside the top of the pops, and nowhere else will you find a more stunning rendition of these meanings than on here. If my blood, skin and soul could weep it would do so in a whirlwind of release to the sounds of Reverberations.

I am almost compelled to say, that you should get this album, if only for this last track. 3.5 stars.

Guldbamsen | 3/5 |


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