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INSPIRATIONS

Pymlico

Crossover Prog


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3 stars The debut album by this new Norwegian project lead by Arild BrÝter, an ex drummer in Lucifer Was. Arild BrÝter got help from a lot of other musicians on this album.

The music here genre wise miles away from Lucifer Was though. Inspirations is a keyboard and guitar solos driven instrumental album. It has a lot of Camel and Pink Floyd in it. The music here also gives me a lot of associations to Little Tragedies and other Russian keyboards drenched prog albums.

The music is good throughout. The problem is the lack of identity, soul and "bite" in the music. This album balances too close to the muzak genre at times. But the tunes are good and the musicians does a very good job here. But some identity and some more dynamics would not go amiss on the follow up album which is currently in the making. Just a hint.......

3 stars

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Posted Friday, September 23, 2011 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Arild BrÝter is the man behind the Norwegian project of Pymlico, former drummer for Lucifer Was in their live performances.He started it all around the spring of 2009, when two demo tapes inspired him to work more on his own music.The next year and a half he focused on composing material for an upcoming debut, eventually released in 2011 as an auto-production under the title ''Inspirations''.BrÝter plays drums, guitars, bass and keyboards and he is helped by several friends, including his brother, on additional keyboard, guitar and bass parts.

So where do the inspirations come from for this Norwegian musician?The answer lies somewhere between the happier parts of THE FLOWER KINGS, the instant and deep melodies of KAIPA and the more grandiose approach of LIFE LINE PROJECT as the closest comparison to his keyboard themes.The album is all instrumental with ideas ranging from good to simply fascinating, featuring a fantastic mix and a very good production.His style swirls mostly around the lines of traditional Symphonic Rock with occasional bits from Jazz and Electronic Music, though quite modern sounding.BrÝter's arrangements are often more than interesting, based on lovely guitar themes and solos, powerful vintage organs and very sharp synthesizers with both melodic and virtuosic passages, always well-crafted and carefully executed.And he never forgets to pass through several different atmospheres.From intense, dramatic textures and spacey introductions to retro-inspired nostalgia and postive, easy-going tunes.

Very good stuff indeed.Excellent addition for all fans of instrumental Classic Progressive Rock and a nice listening for anyone searching for demanding music with positive vibes.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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Posted Sunday, February 17, 2013 | Review Permalink
3 stars 3,5 stars !!! Very good first album from Norwegian band PIMLYCO ( I must confess that I never heard the second), but although don't be a amazing release, is plentiful of pleasant reminiscence moments, their music don't sounds like a simple copy or collage from old and well-know themes. The band walk between a countless influences from famous bands . The first strong influence comes in the track 2 "P.I.G." with a mix from CAMEL & MINIMUN VITAL. Another strong influence as THE FLOWER KINGS in track 6 "Smiert Spionom". The track 8 "Dance of the kleptomaniacs" starts with a R I O in the best style of SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA with strange voice effects which reappears beteween heavy KING CRIMSOM inspired passages from his more heavy moments. Due all this explanations my rate is 3 stars, and the mention that the album deserves a place in my collection!!!
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