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Karda Estra


Symphonic Prog

3.29 | 21 ratings

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kev rowland
Special Collaborator
Crossover Prog Team
4 stars There is no doubt in my mind that Richard Wileman is one of the finest composers working in his field, and it is criminal that his work isn't more widely known. The reason for that is he firmly straddles the two camps of progressive rock and modern classical probably more than anyone else I have had the pleasure of listening to. Sure, Steve Hackett and Anthony Phillips have made steps in this direction but they have yet to go as fully down the classical path as Richard. As ever he has been joined on this project by Ileesha Bailey's whose ethereal vocals add a haunting beauty to this work. Here he has created twelve futurist nostalgia instrumental tracks and has collaborated with some external sources such as Kavus Torabi (Cardiacs/Knifeworld), Don Falcone & Bridget Wishart (Spirits Burning/Hawkwind) and Stuart Rowe (Lighterthief/Andy Partridge).

This album hasn't been released on CD, but instead has been made available at where the purchaser can pay as little as ₤1 to download the album in whatever format they wish. Richard has also provided details there of who plays on what song, who assisted in the composition etc. It is the perfect accompaniment to a darkened room and a large glass of malt, or do as I did which was listen to this at night on the deck looking at the stars with the moreporks (our local owl) adding their own eerie voices to proceedings.

kev rowland | 4/5 |


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