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3.95 | 108 ratings | 6 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Places Unseen (6:52)
2. First Departure (11:05)
3. Songs Unheard (3:46)
4. Dimension 7 (5:12)
5. The Sheltering Cove (6:51)
6. Horseback to Hanssonland (5:08)
7. Boats (5:47)
8. Second Departure (10:34)

Total Time 55:15

Line-up / Musicians

- Bill Gillham / electric & acoustic guitars, keyboards, mandolin, auto-harp, recorder, backing vocals, composer, co-producer

- Tai Shan / vocals
- Brendan Buss / flute, saxophones
- Mark Blasco / drums, bass, keyboards, lead guitar, backing vocals, co-producer

Releases information

Artwork: Lee Gaskins

CD Cirrus Bay ‎- CBCD5ARTVSRL (2016, US)

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CIRRUS BAY Places Unseen ratings distribution

(108 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
4 stars Although labeled as neo prog, Cirrus Bay nowadays plays truly symphonic prog music. Somehow I missed their last two albums, but Places Unseen is surely their very best. It seems that the band finally came of age, songwriting wise: the music here is very well written, inspired and solid. They were always fantastic musicians and had a very good singer, but now they did find their own sound, even if the Renaissance influences are still quite overwhelming. This is not a demerit: the tunes are original and much more jazzy than 70Žs Renaissance, although the classical music and folk references are present too. New singer Tai Shan has a marvelous voice that is simply perfect for this music: brilliant, ethereal, warm and soulful. As good as the previous vocalist was, Shan is definitely on another level entirely and graces the album seamlessly.

Another point that impressed me is the skillful duo of founding members Bill Gilham ( keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, recorder, auto-harp, additional backing vocals) and Mark Blasco ( drums, bass guitar, backing vocals, additional keyboards and electric guitar). Not only they play almost all the instruments (it seems that the only other musicians is Brendan Buss on Flute and Sax), but they also play everything very well. Considering the complexity of several parts of the album, with long instrumental breaks and solos this is no small feat. The tracks are all excellent, with no fillers to be found anywhere. There are many acoustic and electric segments, with the pastoral side being the most noticeable, but the music here is surprisingly eclectic and varied. A crystal clear production and very well balanced mixing helped to bring the best of the all involved. A kind of album that is better appreciated as a whole: like me, youŽll probably find yourself longing to listen to it from start to finish, rather than picking up specific songs. And the 55+ minutes of music will only sound too short.

As with the latest albums by Jadis, Big Big Train and Kaipa DaCapo, Places Unseen is among the best prog releases of 2016. A truly remarkable album that I place dearly in my symphonic heart. Highly recommended!

Rating: 4,5 stars.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Cirrus Bay are a Washington State-based symphonic/neo-prog project of Bill Gillham, currently on hiatus. Sadly overlooked by many when their albums were released, there is much for followers of Renaissance, the classic Genesis era and the Canterbury sound to enjoy in their pastoral, dreamy music ... (read more)

Report this review (#2581384) | Posted by Squonk19 | Monday, July 26, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Wonderfully, romantic and pastoral music, wich reminds the listener immediately of Renaissance. The music mostly based upon piano and acoustic guitars augmented by drums, synths, electric guitar, flute and saxophone. Singer Tai Shan is really a gifted vocalist, wich (as said) resembles Annie Has ... (read more)

Report this review (#1613129) | Posted by Kingsnake | Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Beautiful pure symphonic prog, with some departures from previous albums. As stated by other reviewers, "Places Unseen" offers much in the way of instrumental music, notably in the lengthy "First Departure" and "Second Departure", aside from some wordless voicings by newcomer Tai Shan. These two pie ... (read more)

Report this review (#1612401) | Posted by snelling | Sunday, September 18, 2016 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I received a copy of the latest Cirrus Bay album entitled Places Unseen! It is their 5th venture into the commercial world of music! I will say right up front.....this is my favorite Cirrus Bay effort to date. It is an album that will find a place in your CD player. Cirrus Bay has crafted and po ... (read more)

Report this review (#1609973) | Posted by Briaz58 | Sunday, September 11, 2016 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I rarely give an album 5 stars. And in fact, this is the only Cirrus Bay album that I feel is worth the rating. But this album hits all the sweet spots for me. I like the fact that it is about 2/3 instrumental (previously most all my favorite moments of theirs were the instrumental sections). Bu ... (read more)

Report this review (#1605208) | Posted by brotherjohn | Saturday, September 3, 2016 | Review Permanlink

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