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SKELLIG

Mr. Gil

 

Neo-Prog

3.42 | 42 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars Since the end of the 90's, as Collage's days faded, Mirek Gil was searching for a fresh start in his career.He borrowed his undenied guitar talent to Satellite's debut, the band of his former Collage bandmate Wojciech Szadkowski, and finally in 2005 he established his new act, Believe.And in 2010 Gil revived his solo career with the help of his new bandmates: Karol Wroblewski performs on vocals and Przemysław Zawadzki on bass along with his old friend Wojciech Szadkowski on drums.The new album ''Skellig'' was released on the Polish label Oskar.

A very atmospheric album along the lines of Polish Art Rock, ''Skellig'' moves between melancholic and more upbeat tunes with Gil's guitar always in evidence.Unlike ''Alone'', the new album contains no keyboards at all and it is entirely sung in Polish.The most obvious influence seem to be mid-70's PINK FLOYD, with the music alternating between light psychedelic textures and more melodic lines, combined with the fundamentals of Polish Neo Prog: scratching electric solos, deep and expressive vocal lines and changes between mellow and heavier passages.Some tracks are quite long, despite the lack of instrumental flexibility, and these are structured around long solos, careful rhythmic tunes and intense vocal deliveries by a talented singer.Gil prooves his talent once more, producing memorable pieces with a fair sense of atmosphere throughout, while his unmistakable guitar touch is always present, from the sharp riffs to the excellent solos to the softer acoustic moments.The recent trend of Polish bands, the distorted vocal and guitar parts, is again present in the album, used in a clever way, that makes the music even more atmospheric.

Very good work for anyone searching for some really beautiful and deeply atmospheric stuff.Nice guitar melodies, inner musical soundscapes and some amazing lyrical moments.Recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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