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Vienna Circle

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4.01 | 137 ratings | 7 reviews | 27% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD
1. Strangers
2. Envy
3. Dreams Presage
4. Scarlet Dance
5. Woven Wings
6. Ballad of Night
7. Sea
8. Eternity
9. Together
10. Departure

Total time 50 min approx.


DVD
Includes a feature length "Making of Silhouette Moon", bonus material and the original album trailer

Total time 70 min approx.

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Line-up / Musicians

- Paul Davis / guitars, vocals, piano, keyboards, orchestral arrangements
- Jack Davis / bass guitar, piano

- Alex Micklewright / drums
- Dave Waller / saxophone (6), clarinet
- Jess Shute / flute
- Patch Morrison / saxophone (3)
- Gemma Davis / vocals (3, 10)

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Release date: 22nd April 2013

CD+DVD (2013)
Digital downloads (HD, mp3) (2013)

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VIENNA CIRCLE Silhouette Moon ratings distribution


4.01
(137 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
27%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
45%
Good, but non-essential (22%)
22%
Collectors/fans only (4%)
4%
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)
2%

VIENNA CIRCLE Silhouette Moon reviews


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Review by Second Life Syndrome
COLLABORATOR Post/Math Rock Team
5 stars Well, this a wonderful album! This is straight-forward neo-prog, so nothing new is really heard here. However, Vienna Circle has really crafted an elegant, tasteful album in "Silhouette Moon". The melodies are beautiful, and the lyrics are well-written. That's definitely a good start!

I can't say I'm a huge fan of the vocalist, as his voice is rather high-pitched, but not in a good way. However, it grows on you, and he really proves himself with some rather great harmonizations. Besides, this album is probably 75% instrumental, and that helps. This album features some downright awesome instrumental passages (lots of synth!) that are masterfully crafted and progressively better and better through the album. Be that as it may, I still think my favorite track is "Dreams Presage", as it has some of the finest moments on the album. The last few tracks are also very good, as they sort of go together and progress the overall mood.

If you like neo-prog, do yourself a favor and give this album a listen. It isn't anything new and exciting, but it is masterfully presented and written, and I can't help but enjoy myself. 4 stars well earned! EDIT: This doesn't happen often, but I must upgrade this rating to 5 stars. The lyrical content, ever present melodies, and awesome atmospheres have grabbed hold of me. This album is truly amazing: I regret what I said, there is nothing ordinary or pedestrian about it. Yes, it doesn't revolutionize, but it does take prog rock to some of the furthest limits I've ever seen.

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Send comments to Second Life Syndrome (BETA) | Report this review (#959121) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
4 stars Vienna Circle's exquisite debut has a new release to further their claim to fame, providing more stunning melodies and daring to go beyond. I anointed 'White Clouds", their opening studio foray with deserved adulation, as I was taken by both their ultra-melodic style and the topic of the atrocity of war, a 'going on 40 year' old personal study. The epic disc runs the gamut of emotions, both the positive and the negative, taking the human condition's musical analysis one step further.

This sumptuously packaged sophomore recording having both a DVD and the CD wrapped in suave cover art and booklet. A very sweet and typically English melody "Strangers"starts off the effort, the voice up front and center with piano and orchestrations, something in the water I guess and just a brief intro for the equally short "Envy", owner of a melody carved out of heaven, fluttery 'aaah' choir and the oblique axe solo are simply jaw-dropping, loaded with unrestrained emotion and passion.

This leads to the next step, the 4 part "Dreams Presage" which alternates a baroque opener, a surly instrumental part that has the guitar fulminating furiously and a serene sax blows its misericord, interspaced by an eerily Phideaux-like main rhyme straight out of his recent "Doomsday Afternoon", a slow piano-led build up all, flourishing bass and jangly guitar all leading to an expected apotheosis which first arrives in the form of a clarinet-driven melody united with another guitar refrain and another Xavier line, finally succumbing to one of the most melancholic orgasm choruses one can ever hope for. The "? Waiting for a love song?" repetition will drop you to your knees in abject submission! The shift is seamless and relentless, recounting the existentialist crisis eloquently described in their anti-war debut album. This piece alone warrants a purchase, a terrific 13 minute+ opus of impeccable construction and sublime delivery. The bluesy "Scarlet Dance" just serves as a culmination of the preceding extravaganza, a bolder and wah-wah guitar drenched upgrade on the preceding melody, just expressed with more bite and resentment. The singing, the wobbly synth and the overall mood are just crushingly amazing. What a quartet of tunes, phew!

Unfortunately, "Broken Wings" does not seem to excite quite like as much, Paul Davis has a pleasant enough voice but here it's just a little wimpy and flat on this song for my tastes and though Jess Shute's colored flute pies a few pipers, the track just plods along somehow unhinged. I tried multiple revisits but outside of the solid instrumental section that rages appropriately, I can only concur with my initial reaction to the song. The strings blasts adds depth but its shallow water anyway. This could have been so much better if it would have spent a bit more time in the oven. Then you have a stellar "Ballad of Night" which again tours the entire periphery of styles, from spacey, to ultra-romantic and then even a psychedelic explosion. Paul Davis has, once you get used to his peculiar high-pitched voice nearing James Warren of the Korgis territory, a quite expressive vehicle to express his angst, and a bit like Steve Wilson, he can also play a cool guitar. Brother Jack Davis tortures the bass strings and the whole piece just beckons the listener into some kaleidoscope world. There is an overt Beatles/Blackfield/Squeeze feel that is uncanny and attractive. Paul really howls, proving that he needs to push the 'lungular' envelope to be credible. The sax and the synth exchange some slippery notes and the guitar solo is fiery and incandescent. A terrific song again.

"Sea" is a dreamier reflection of deep melancholia, a short and fluctuating that sounds close to Like Wendy, a Dutch band that vanished in 2005. Moody and introspective, it has a cool guitar sortie as well. "Eternity" is quite brief as well under 3 minutes and is fueled by massive orchestrations above anything else, all instrumental with a slight country guitar twang feel amid the huge symphonic swirls. It conveys the title rather well. Things get quite Elizabethan on the Beatlesque "Together" with its McCartney piano and Harrison guitar twang and you can hear the hippy-trippy flowery chorus "Soon as it rains?" refresh the piece as if morning dew droplets wash away the night dust. More syrupy orchestra adorns the arrangement, as if George Martin was sitting at the board. Very English pomp rock, wot!

"Departure" finalizes the disc on a lofty note, a brooding goodbye to a most pleasant voyage, dreams still intact, perhaps even more vibrant than ever, the orchestra really taking over now , as the curtain slowly drops to the stage floor and the lights slowly return to their full glow.

Still hooked on the more conceptual "White Clouds" though, a few more spins throughs and Silhouette Moon will perhaps catch up. Melodic, poignant prog this is!

4 Shadow planets

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Send comments to tszirmay (BETA) | Report this review (#990690) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, July 01, 2013

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Imagine playful neo-prog crossed with the trippy, serene neo-psychedelia of acts like Mercury Rev and you've got something close to Vienna Circle's sound on Silhouette Moon - a deft updating of the classic neo-prog sound with enough modern influences to save Vienna Circle from being a clone of any particular previous neo outfit. With soaring compositions which explore a range of moods, Vienna Circle explore each and every phase of their Silhouette Moon over the album's running time, but equally show enough restraint to restrict the album to 50 minutes of strong material and resist the temptation to pad the proceedings out with filler. The Davis brothers and their guests have established themselves as a neo-prog force to be reckoned with here.

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3 stars Next album I was very curious to hear was Vienna Circle's "Silouette Moon" from this year. I hadn't heard anything of them or about them but understood they'd got good reviews. I'm very interested in finding new great prog bands that could interest me as much as the older ones. The first I no ... (read more)

Report this review (#1025382) | Posted by DrömmarenAdrian | Thursday, August 29, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A band of serious songwriters who manage to pull together quite a little gathering of eclectic sounds (and influences?). The use of orchestra is well done, the simple-yet-intricate song structures and instrument use and play is all highly commendable. I've been quite enjoying this album for a ... (read more)

Report this review (#1005184) | Posted by BrufordFreak | Thursday, July 25, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Vienna Circle's second release "Silhouette Moon" opens with a lovely sentimental piano melody and accompanying vocals, and it's immediately apparent that this is a beautifully crafted album with great production values. I'll make special mention early of the gorgeous, dreamlike lead guitar th ... (read more)

Report this review (#970697) | Posted by bonestorm | Tuesday, June 04, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I'm very surprised this band hasn't garnered more attention on PA - it would seem to be the perfect sort of band the site should love - a nod to the past but quite radically different from bands of the 70s and 80s. They seem to have ended up in "neo" quite by accident - really symphonic or ec ... (read more)

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