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TIMEWISE

Mind Sky

 

Symphonic Prog

3.39 | 14 ratings

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Tony R
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3 stars Yet another recent Symphonic Prog release (see also 2005 releases by Izz, Wobbler and Magic Pie) that manages to keep the Classic Prog flag flying whilst sounding fresh and vital. New Yorkers Mind Sky were formed in 2001 yet only released this their debut in April 2005. I can tell you that the wait was well worth it! So what have we got? Well there's Genesis and Yes to the fore and Crimson, Fish-Era Marillion and The Flower Kings riding behind. We also have a vocalist who is very similar to Shaun Guerin and therefore Peter Gabriel, but somehow it all comes together nicely and manages to sound fresh. The two keyboards provide beautiful orchestration whilst the guitar shines and sparkles in front of an impressive rhythm section.

The opener "Fathom" synthesises early-seventies Genesis and Yes with the more modern passages laid down by the likes of The Flower Kings and Izz. Definitely a nice introduction to the band. Next up is the instrumental title track "Timewise" which features some interesting stick playing and shifting jazzy guitar passages.Echoes of King Crimson and also late 70's Rush spring to mind - throw in some vintage keyboards and this is prog heaven. Next up is the beautiful acoustic guitar piece, "A Moment's Peace"-finger pickin' good! "Trial and Triumph" comes ringing in to announce another Genesis-style epic and whilst probably their most consistent and accomplished track this is almost more-Genesis- than-Genesis, especially the vocals. "Speak Of Me As I Am" is another classy track with portentious keyboards, leading to dancing guitar reminiscent of late Fish-era Marillion. Ironically the track also sounds like post-Gabriel Genesis with Gabriel added back into the mix, if that's not too confusing. "Wayfarers Dance" is another nice finger-picked acoustic piece which leads into the album closer "Harvesting Stars". The final track is very Yes-like, opening with punchy keyboards and guitar set against a fluid and melodic bass. The track builds up into a some nice jazzy keyboard leads and jazz-rock guitar before quietening down to an atmospheric keyboard section "Awaken-style" then developing more interesting synth passages and soaring guitar. This is a classy and enjoyable package make no mistake.

To sum up; yes Mind Sky wear their influences on their sleeve,but it's all done so skillfully and inventively that they manage to pay a complement to the classic prog era whilst adding their own personality and ingenuity into the mix. A great debut, perhaps 3.5 stars, but you must hear this!

Tony R | 3/5 |

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