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A JOURNEY INTO THE SUN WITHIN

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3.97 | 13 ratings | 1 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Magic (11:09)
2. Letters To God (8:35)
3. Dreaming (4:59)
4. I Dream Softly (7:25)
5. I See The Light (8:05)
6. The Sun (12:30)

Total time: 52:44

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Line-up / Musicians

- Robin / vocals
- Grzegorz "sencha atta" Leczkowski / guitars
- Krzysiek Palczewski / bass
- Wojtek Szadkowski / keyboards, drums

Releases information

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MMP CD 0687 DG
Release date: 06.06.2011 Europe / 12.07.2011 USA

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TRAVELLERS A Journey Into The Sun Within ratings distribution


3.97
(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(23%)
23%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(54%)
54%
Good, but non-essential (15%)
15%
Collectors/fans only (8%)
8%
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Review by Easy Livin
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4 stars Magic

In 2009, Satellite and Collage drummer Wojtek Szadkowski embarked on a side project called Strawberry Fields. To date, they have released one album (" Rivers gone dry"), a fine collection of accessible numbers with prog nuances. The singer on that album was a young lady who goes by the professional name of Robin (Marta Kniewska).

Szadkowski has now created another new project while retaining the fine voice of Robin who co-writes the lyrics for several of the songs on this album. While "Rivers gone dry" consisted on nine compact songs, "A journey into the sun within" has 6 long tracks, two of which run to over 11 minutes. It may therefore seem a little strange to say that this album retains more in common with the Strawberry Fields album than it does with the neo-prog of Satellite, but such is the case.

The opening track "Magic", which was also initially the intended title for the album, sets out with Robin's delightful, slightly folk tinged vocals. The intricate arrangement of the track then takes us through a variety of influences, including ethnic rhythms, guitar and synth bursts, and powerful rock sounds. For a first track by a brand new band, this epic piece is both bold and exciting.

On "Letters to God", synth features more prominently, with Grzegorz Leczkowski also adding a fine feedback lead guitar solo. The contrast between the light Lesley Duncan (with hints of Annie Haslam) like vocals of Robin and the heavy instrumental breaks is even starker here, the song benefiting immensely through its carefully considered development. "Dreaming" is the shortest track on the album, yet still runs to around 5 minutes. This and the following "I dream softly" are the the only tracks written by Wojtek Szadkowski alone, Robin contributing the the lyrics on the other four songs. The track is a bit like a rock version of "Falling" (the "Twin peaks" song), indeed the lyrics appear to suggest that may in part have been an inspiration here. The track includes a beautiful distorted guitar solo.

Contrasts are once again the striking feature of "I dream softly", with soft female vocals vying with lead guitar for centre stage. The brooding "I see the light" could be the best track on the album; it certainly finds Robin giving her strongest vocal performance. The lead guitar is excellent here too, reminiscent of the gifted John Mitchell (Arena). The album closes with its longest track, "The sun". This 12 minute song takes a deceptively simple upbeat melody and brings it to full fruition. Here, the extended instrumental breaks are more relaxed, giving the track a more progressive feel overall.

While the tracks here are impressively ambitious in terms of arrangement and length, Travellers make it plain that prog is only one of a number of influences on their music. At their heart, the six songs which make up the album are straightforward compositions. What transforms the album though is they way they are developed from those simple beginnings, metamorphosing into highly satisfactory extended pieces. Overall, a pleasingly original album.

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