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Ichthyander Dad's Only Dolphin

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Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team
4 stars The band has one release and it's a reunion concert recorded live in 2014 even though the band was formed in 1994. The band through some line-up changes decided to revisit some old songs and write some new songs. The music is mostly a combination of Jazz fusion and Progressive Rock inspired by King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and others with many instruments to add to the richness of the sound. The music is not without reference to many bands from the Japanese scene who has played this kind of Jazz Fusion and also because the last song "Comeback To Life" is heavily influenced by Japanese music. There is also some classical music in a couple of songs to change the pace. So, this is for those who enjoy some intense instrumental Jazz fusion and King Crimson. In fact, on the CD, you get the cover of "Starless" and you can watch the whole thing on DVD.
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Posted Friday, January 13, 2017 | Review Permalink
3 stars Modern-Rock Ensemble is not the only Ukrainan prog act that has a long history and yet only one recent release. This strangely named group plays instrumental, eclectic prog composed mainly by guitarist Dmitry Dorosh. The gig heard here was held in Kirovograd, Ukraine, in December 6, 2014. The set contains both a CD (64 minutes) and a DVD.

I started out with the CD. My very first reaction was "What The F***": some low-fi dialogue in Russian. The subtexts of the DVD explains that it's the dialogue that Yuri Gagarin had just before his space travel. The roughly 11-minute opening track 'Through the Gates of Universe' shows quite openly where the music draws its strongest influence from: the John Wetton -era KING CRIMSON, or the instrumental side of it, to be more exact. The core line-up features a female violinist, and additional musicians play e.g. saxophone, flute, violin and viola. The band is skillful, but the compositions or arrangements were not as varied as I hoped. The Crimson influence is often heard, another good reference is Mahavishnu Orchestra. The music is not very emotional, it's mostly rather serious-minded. I can't say it would sound all the same, for example 'Castles of Birmingham' is more delicate than the rest. 'Comeback to Life' is perhaps the most colourful in sound, starting with a guitar lead reminiscent of 'To One in Paradise' by The Alan Parsons Project, and later at times reminding me of Mike Oldfield's Killing Fields soundtrack.

Eight original compositions are followed (in the CD) by the glorious King Crimson classic 'Starless'. Jason Offen does a pretty good, Wettonesque vocal job. Clearly this tracks is the highlight, simply because the composition itself is so marvelous and beloved (also by me) for decades. Sadly 'Starless' is not contained in the DVD, instead the set ends with the Gentle Giant instrumental 'Boys in the Band'. This track choice also tells something of the band's style. To some extent, the visual side of the concert was a let-down for me. The lighting looks, well, rather terrible to be honest. The large wall is filled with little lights in rows as in the electric billboards. I don't think it looks very good at any moment, whether there's circulating words (One Music Fest I think it was) or spacey movement effects. At least it leaves the musicians in minor roles visually. A good thing is that on DVD mr. Dorosh introduces most tracks (in Russian, with English subtitles) and on CD these are gracefully cut off. The package itself gives no artist information. For the music my rating is 3, but for the visual level I round it downwards.

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Posted Thursday, January 26, 2017 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This live album is a reunion concert for this Ukrainian band who formed in 1994. An instrumental release containing an impressive diversity of instruments but generally centred in the guitar/bass/drums area. A very eclectic sound including fusion, post-punk, electronica and classical. "Through The Gates Of The Universe" opens the album with what is apparently a recording of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin speaking. Once the music starts it's some kind of hard rocking fusion. Nice guitar soloing here. Good violin and sax in this track as well. Gets mellower with spacey synths and guitar arpeggios later.

"Opus 16" starts out kind of New Wave symph prog, then gets more funky before becoming more symphonic. "Unmeasured Spaces" begins as a kind of avant-fusion featuring mallet percussion. Some good synth soloing and sax soloing. "Epiphany" is the highlight of the album for me (and you can listen to this track on PA). Opens with a funky synth riff and fast guitar picking before an awesome groove drives the music forward. Love the fast fusiony guitar playing in parts. Great melodies in this track. Nice unison runs between guitar and violin at one point. In the middle goes symphonic before returning to the funky synth riff.

"Comeback To Life" has sitar and flute making a very New Age beginning of this track. Gradually gets more symphonic and orchestral with additional instruments being added. Really great synth soloing dominates for awhile before ending with a symphonic finish. This release has very good sound and the musicianship is superb. You can purchase this album on Bandcamp. For fans of Eclectic Prog in general. I will give this a solid 4 stars.

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Posted Sunday, January 29, 2017 | Review Permalink
kev rowland
Honorary Reviewer
4 stars One of the joys of having been involved in the scene for such a long time is that every so often I get approached by a band I haven't come across before, asking if I would like to review an album of theirs. This is exactly what happened here, as gutarist Dmitry Dorosh contacted me, and I'm sure I wouldn't have come across this otherwise. The name of the band, wait for it, is Ichthyander Dad's Only Dolphin, which has to be one of the most interesting names I've come across. Unfortunately it reminds me of Ken Dodd's Dad's Dog's Dead, who I never did manage to see in London in the Eighties, but often saw them listed as "coming soon". According to the bible that is ProgArchives, the band were originally formed in Ukraine in 1994, but broke up before the turn of the milennium having released just a demo. Fast forward to 2014 and original members Dmitry, Oleg Vorona (bass), and Viktor Sirotin (drums), put together a new version of the band with violinist Olena Yeremenko and keyboard player Sergei Kadenko.

performed a reunion concert in their home town of Kirovograd, and they have now made a recording of this available through Bandcamp. The more perceptive would have noticed that there isn't a singer listed, which is because this is an instrumental band, and to be honest there just wouldn't be any room for vocals. To say that every person is a master of their instrument is something of an understatement, and this strange, eclectic music is completely enthralling. They are often likened to Frank Zappa combined with classic King Crimson (the only cover is a version of "Starless"), but there are also sections that could be classic Beatles, while Ozone Quartet also springs to mind. There are times when the music is in standard 4/4 time and restrained, while others it is mixing and melding at great speed and intricacy, taking melodic leaps that one thinks will never make sense but somehow always does. Sometimes classical, sometimes eclectic art rock, sometimes compelling, but never boring, I look forward with interest to hear what these guys can do in a studio.

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Posted Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | Review Permalink
Magnum Vaeltaja
Eclectic Prog Team
4 stars Ichthyander Dad's Only Dolphin (IDOD) is yet another band to hail from the vibrant Eastern European prog scene. An all-instrumental ensemble, IDOD is something of an archetypal modern eclectic band. This sole release (so far) of theirs is a live album from a recent reunion show; the band's original incarnation disbanded in the 1990's before they got a chance to release any material. And it certainly seems to me that they've made up for lost time!

IDOD is almost the definition of eclectic prog; their hour-long setlist never sits still, flipping between symphonic prog, jazz rock, prog folk, and new age, with these genres often weaved together into the same passage. Some common referential cores can be picked up, with the jazzier side of King Crimson shining through quite often, but there's really a lot more nuance to these guys' sound than can be conveyed just by listing influences. Indeed, these guys have a remarkable depth to their sound. The music is rich in timbres, with the typical "prog quartet" of keyboard, guitar, bass, and drums being spruced up by violin, flute, and saxophone. And the band is equally compelling at pulling off any number of moods or ambiences, whether it's the uptempo rock exhilaration of "Countdown", the sombre, contemplative "Castle of Birmingham", or the nostalgic, yearning "Comeback To Life". Add in the virtuoso performances and headspinningly intricate rhythmic arrangements that grace much of the material, and these guys have a real hit (by prog standards at least) on their hands!

Having said that, there's not much on this album that's wildly innovative; IDOD don't have anything up their sleeves that some other eclectic group hadn't thought of 30 or more years ago. But what tips the scales in their favour is the fact that they've so masterfully consolidated their influences into something that's not only consistently strong in terms of composition and performance, but they've captured some of the magic that makes all the prog classics so wonderful. When you hear that first crashing opening of "Through The Gates of The Universe", you know that you're in for a musical joyride and a true sonic adventure. And what a journey it is. After repeat listens, the music - and the experience - hold up remarkably well. So here's a band that gets down to business. No gimmicks, just great music, plain and simple - even if the music is anything but. 4 stars for a memorable, professional, and ultimately stunning display of talent.

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Posted Thursday, March 2, 2017 | Review Permalink
siLLy puPPy
PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
4 stars Despite forming all the way back in 1994 in Kirovograd, Ukraine, the oddly named ICHTHYANDER DAD'S ONLY DOLPHIN never managed to release a bonafide album until they reformed in 2014 and worked on revising old material along with some newly inspired tracks. With no studio albums in site, the band decided to release their debut in the form of a live album titled "PLAYING LIVE AT ONE MUSIC FEST" which displays the fully intact enthusiasm of a vibrant band that lets loose of all the youthful passion and energy that many a band tend to lose as the years pass. With their music as eccentric and eclectic as their eye-catching name, IDOD deliver a near hour set list on this night in their hometown which is absolutely guaranteed to please fans of eclectic and energetic progressive rock in its full regalia. The album is entirely instrumental with no vocalist in site which allows for complex improvisational tradeoffs of the instruments involved.

The band on this album includes three founding members Dmitry Dorosh (guitars), Oleg Vorona (bass) and Viktor Sirotin (drums) along with newbies Olena Yeremenko (violin) and Sergei Kadenko (keys). The influences are long but includes many of the usual suspects of eclecticism such as Gentle Giant and King Crimson along with healthy doses of jazz-fusion compositional approaches with saxophone workouts woven in with electronic ambient elements, psychedelia and even heavy rock often all within a single track. The feisty opener "Through The Gates Of The Universe" is a Voivod inspired rocker that not only breaks down the doors but literally crashes the gates with full rock fury. "Biometry" takes on an 80s King Crimson vibe that adds an ambitious violin that will remind the listener of the Mahavishnu Orchestra with that Jean Luc-Ponty virtuosity in full effect. They skillfully cranking out track after track alternating between heavy complex rock workouts with softer more subdued segments.

IDOD do tend to lack the originality that clearly separates them from the influences they infuse in every cadence of their compositions but they do manage to weave it all together in an interesting way that when taken with the fiery spirit of their performances and tight quirky ability for the band to play together at uncanny speeds incorporating dangerous frenetic time signatures makes this a very compelling listen. The arrangements are quite varied and outdo their influences and in many cases as they have upped the game in terms of eclecticism as well as stage performances. For a live album, the production is quite good and the unison of the band to play in tandem is impeccable. I'm usually quite underwhelmed by live albums but this one has all the elements that make it as good of a listen as a studio album. It is rumored that a true non-live album is in the works and i must say that "PLAYING LIVE AT ONE MUSIC FEST" has truly whetted my appetite for more of IDOD's music as they sound like truly seasoned musicians that have taken the long road to blossom but have finally reached the promised musical garden of delights. Another promising band to emerge from the Eastern outposts of Slavic nations.

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Posted Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Ukraine band ICHTHYANDER DAD'S ONLY DOLPHIN, hereafter referenced as Idod, was formed back in 1994, but the band fell apart a few years later without ever releasing any material beyond a demo. Some 15 years after the band decided to have another go however, resulting in a live concert where old and new material was performed and recorded for their first ever official production: The live CD and DVD "At One Music Fest 2014", which was self released by the band in 2015.

Ichthyander Dad's Only Dolphin have made themselves a nice debut album with this live CD and DVD package. Just how much of a fan base the band does have is something I'm unsure of, but the quality of the band as they come across here indicates that it most likely should be larger than it is. Those who like their progressive rock to be instrumental and eclectic in scope should find this production to be an interesting one, and in particular if bands like King Crimson and Gentle Giant are among your favorites.

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Posted Sunday, August 27, 2017 | Review Permalink

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