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5 stars GreyField is the project of a one Ferdinand Marin Vega, and he has created symphonic majesty. Most of the tracks here are by turns driven by keys and winds rather than guitars, and it allows for some refreshingly beautiful music. The key sections include wonderful mellotron, and organ that sounds like we're back in the Sixties, and the winds are mainly pretty flutes. What guitar is there is mainly a nice acoustic one that backs the keys and winds perfectly, especially on "August Part I", where all of that, plus a bit of rare electric guitar, comes together for one of the album's crowning moments. The electric riffage is also rather modern, while everything else is Sixties and Seventies throwbacks... but it all comes together perfectly. The best symphonic of the year, and performed outstandingly by what I hope will be a rising star of prog.
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4 stars Greyfield is mainly the brainchild of Spanish multi-instrumentalist and composer Fernando Marin Vega, a talented musician from Almeria with a solid classical background. The eponymous debut album of this project was self-released in 2014 and it's an excellent instrumental work that blends classical influences and seventies progressive rock with a touch of Mediterranean folklore and Andalusian flavour. All the pieces are elaborate and complex but never boring...

Vintage sounds prevail, raging organ waves alternates with delicate, soaring melodies led by the flute, strummed acoustic guitars alternate with dreamy keyboards passages, there are sudden changes of rhythm and as the music flows away with your imagination you can cross breathtaking landscapes painted in grey and pink colours following the flight of some snow geese directed to the stars by the charm of a powerful wizard... Well, this work is definitely set in classic prog and every now and again it sounds to me as a weird cross between Camel and Genesis. Anyway, you can listen to the complete album from, so have a try and judge by yourselves!

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