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3.98 | 134 ratings | 5 reviews | 38% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (48:08)
1. The Gnomon (2:05)
2. Astoria (9:59)
3. Sleepwalker (26:59)
4. The Prayer of the Broken Heart (6:14)
5. Adrift (2:51)

CD 2 (47:58)
6. Love Will Shine Like Gold (5:27)
7. Sunchild (16:06)
8. Midnight Train (5:39)
9. Wonderworld (20:46)

Total Time 96:06

Bonus tracks on 2012 limited edition:
10. Sunchild (single edit version 2011) (9:33)
11. Astoria (demo version 2007) (8:33)
12. Sunchild (fragm. demo version 2006) (6:02)

Line-up / Musicians

- Antony Kalugin / keyboards, programming, lead & backing vocals, acoustic guitar (8), composer & co-producer

- Viktoria Osmachko / vocals (3,7-9)
- Timophey Sobolev / vocals (4,9)
- Vlad Annenkov / electric guitars (2-7,9)
- Alexey Khorolskiy / electric guitars (2-5,9)
- Roman Goloborda / electric guitars (1-4,7)
- Roman Gorelov / acoustic (2,3,8,9) & electric (8) guitars
- Roman Philonenko / acoustic guitars (3,4,9)
- Sergey Kovalev / bayan (2,3,9), vocals (3,8), harmonica (8)
- Oksana Podmarova / cello (2,3,6-9)
- Helen Bour / oboe (3,7-9)
- Roman Vinskovskiy / saxophone (2,3,7)
- Dmitry Bondarev / trumpet (2-4,7)
- Timophey Brahin / trombone (2-4,7)
- Lesya Kofanova / flute (1-3,6)
- Yuri Nemirovsky / clarinet (5)
- Kostya Ionenko / bass (2-9)
- Sergey Balalaev / drums (2-9)

Releases information

2CD Caerllysi Music ‎- CM08002 (2008, UK)

2CD Caerllysi Music - CM08002 (2012, UK) limited edition with 3 bonus tracks

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SUNCHILD The Gnomon ratings distribution

(134 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(38%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (16%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
5 stars Quite stunning debut from this project led by Ukraine musician Antony Kalugin. I heard he is behind several other similar one man works, but this is my first contact with his music and IŽm quite impressed. Sansui9090 sent me a message saying I would love this album and he is right. Usually I donŽt like those solo stuff: most likely than not they are just excuses for long self indulgent ego trips. Sunchild is one exception. Although Kalugin is obviously in charge here, writing, arranging, playing all the keyboards and even singing, he is also surrounded by several terrific musicians and vocalists that give the record a broad, collective feel, that works very well for the music.

Kalugin proves that his is, above all, a very good songwriter. The Gnomon is a double CD offering that shows his talents in writing great tunes with fine melodies and strong hooks. His musical influences are many: symphonic rock (Pink Floyd and early Genesis are the most obvious ones), classical music, neo prog, psychodelic/space rock, Canterbury sounds and even some local folk among others can be found on this very eclectic work. And, incredibly. it all sounds very coherent and strongly united in the middle of this variety of styles. A truly remarkable feat considering that Sunchild is basicly a solo work. But as I said before, there is no ego trip, everything here is for the music: every note, every instrument comes in and out at the right moment and there is absolutely no fat to be found, even if 4 out of the 9 songs clock over the 9 minute mark and that two are over 20 minutes long.

Production is quite good enhancing the exquisitely craft arrangements and fine playing. His voice may not be the strongest around but he has a nice tone and sings with true emotion. The additional female singers are also a plus. There are no fillers to be found and although some tracks are obviously better than others, they are all very good. Absolute highlight for me is the 26+ minute Sleepwalker. A great epic that won me over from the very first time I heard it, it has everything one migh t wnated from such massive prog opus: shifting moods, several tempo changes, great melody lines, fantastic guitar solos, orchestral keys, even a beautiful trumpet solo! This is truly one of those rare track-worth-the-price-of-the-CD examples.

Conclusion: a very nice surprise from the Ukraine! Very eclectic and yet very unified work that is a joy to hear over and over again. And with each time youŽll find another subtle, but very efficient, layer of sounds in this very well done work of art. I could talk for hours about The Gnomon. But you should just get it and judge for yourself. For me is one of the best records I found this year.

Rating: between 4,5 and 5 stars. Highly recommended!

Review by snobb
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3 stars I was pleasantly surprised by this double debut album of Ukrainian band. Melodic multi layered very energetic symphonic prog in traditions of greatest genre's bands from early 70-s!

Plenty of keyboards are supported by many other instruments,including different reeds, guitars and other strings. Elements of Eastern European folklore are mixed with Jethro Tull-like folk prog, ELP influenced keyboards passages,some Floydian moments.

Musicians are all competent, and music is really played at quite high technical level. Even more - being a long and quite complex album, it sounds pleasant and not boring. I like female back- up vocals, whenever male vocals are more question of taste. Songs are quite long, of complex structure but generally of synth/keys symphonic prog domination in sound. Some tradition Ukrainian instruments (as bayan or harmonica) or tunes really add more colours into whole sound.

There are two main problems with this album for me though: first is being released in year 2008 this album sounds absolutely as vaults recordings from mid-70s. With bombastic (Gerard-like) vintage keyboards passages, dramatic and pathetic vocals - and seriously out of time. Second problem is in fact this music has very low level of originality if at all: experienced listener will easily hear where starts piece borrowed from ELP, Jethro Tull or Pink Floyd. Good and talented collection of strong classic symphonic prog influence, but it's hardly enough to name this album great release.

In all, quite pleasant album, possibly could seriously attract hot vintage melodic symphonic prog fans. For all others it's not a bad listening, but hardly innovative or original enough to attract any special attention.

Review by Warthur
3 stars Antony Kalugin's first album from his Sunchild project is essentially Kalugin and a wide range of guest collaborators taking us on a one and a half hour retro-prog journey, And that's exactly the problem - competently performed as it is, it's got the common problem of all too many 2000s-era retro-prog releases in the sense that it outstays its welcome. Sprawling over two discs, I feel like if it had trimmed away the filler and fat and presented us with the best 40-odd minutes of the material here it'd be far stronger.

In addition, Kalugin handles most of the vocals and unfortunately, his voice just isn't up to it. In particular, he's singing in English and it clearly isn't his first language; to be fair, his English is far better than my Ukrainian, but it's a rare vocalist who is able to sing as comfortably and naturally in a foreign language as they do in their own, and Kalugin's chops fall well short of that point.

Latest members reviews

3 stars The album showcases moments of creative brilliance that demonstrate the band's potential for greatness. The instrumentation is diverse, blending various styles and influences, which adds a refreshing touch to the overall sound. Some tracks manage to captivate with their emotive melodies and impressi ... (read more)

Report this review (#2933777) | Posted by Prog Network | Thursday, June 15, 2023 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Wof ! There have been a long time since we heard such delightfull sound. The first thing coming to mind when earing Sleepwalker, the longest track was a mix of Pink Floyd (vocals, guitar) and Supertramp (piano), the whole thing on 20 000 volt. It even borrows the Division Bells bells around mi ... (read more)

Report this review (#343069) | Posted by franp | Saturday, December 4, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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