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Höstsonaten - Springsong CD (album) cover




Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.85 | 94 ratings

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5 stars I feel almost compelled to post this review - 'Springsong' is simply magnificent.

Simply listening to the introductory track 'In The Open Fields', you just know you're in for something special: acoustic guitar, flute and violin combine into a wonderful arrangement, a perfect springboard into the following tracks, which lead the listener into a dreamy world filled with meandering soprano sax and long tones on violin - even the bagpipes put in a brief appearance. And if you're partial to recorders and whistles with flute in abundance, then you really are in for a treat. Underpinning all this, is, of course, that unmistakable 'prog' feel to things with soaring guitar riffs, piano and mellotron.

Within this captivating world, you'll experience influences of Celtic, Folk and even my native Scots; flavours that quite simply demand your attention as you bask in their lushness. "Springsong" is a beautiful record, and those of you who prefer music loud and energetic will not find much here. But for the thoroughbred who find joy in the subdued and elegant - sometimes quite simple, other times flirting with light jazz tones, symphonic and atmospheric - you will have many fine moments with this record.

I really can't compare Hostsonaten's 'Springsong' to any other of my listenings as I find this a very original and well thought out offering. I'd like to think of this as the natural modern day progression from symphonic prog's heyday of the 70's. For this reason, it gains that one extra well-deserved gold star - full marks!!

Springsong's packaging enhances the listening experience with an attractive white paperboard case and inside sleeve, along with 10 cards featuring colorful and intricately detailed illustrations taken from The Bible of Borso D'Este, an artistic treasure from the Renaissance period. Each card represents a song (plus one for the album as a whole) and includes the names of all musicians playing on a specific track.

From packaging to playback, 'Springsong' is a record to be cherished and savored.

Ewan | 5/5 |


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