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TWILIGHT CANVAS

Shadowlight

 

Crossover Prog

3.55 | 11 ratings

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PH
4 stars SHADOWLIGHT have sublimated a wide range of emotions and feelings into their music to provide the overall atmosphere. There is definitely somewhat of a similarity to Porcupine Tree (a comparison amplified by Steven Wilson-style of singing and harder-edged guitar work). Some of the instrumental passages do feel like they'd have fit on 'Lightbulb Sun' album...The next British group like DeeExpus comes to my mind in pleasant, mellow parts. Shadowlight succeeds to keep attention to surprise by sudden changing climates from heavy parts to fragile piano and dreamy mood. I think that mighty Pink Floyd is the source of inspiration too. Harmony vocals add an extra, a bit psychedelic and hypnotizing dimension... Whatever influences, Shadowlight's full-length CD 'Twilight Canvas' is packed with catchy melodies shuffling along at a sedate pace. As this cleverly-constructed album evolves, you will be impressed by the stuff that guys are able to bring to the table. The guitar player James Hodkinson proves to be a burner of true talent. And when he's backed by the tasteful keyboards of Mark Wilson then the results are 10 songs of high calibre. Add to that some impactful bass work from Ed Williamson-Brown, the colourful drumming of Paul Collins and you have a line-up of musicians that sheer class on display and sophistication. The vocal performance is strong and lyrical aspect is articulate. Each track has its merit to flow through changes that keep everything organic. For me personally, standouts include: ever changing 'Beauty Dies', melancholic 'Monochrome Dream' and eloquent 'The Cutting Room' along with beautiful 'Black Swan Song'. Though Porcupine Tree is cited for spiritualism, that does not stop this new release being worthy of attention. Atmospheric or post-rock or progressive - whatever you want to call it, Shadowlight meshes expertise stuff. There's so much to celebrate here. All in all, I think the British band has lived up to the promise to deliver an excellent debut album. It's a strong release which certainly shows a great deal of promise. Do yourself a favour and check out 'Twilight Canvas'...
PH | 4/5 |

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