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3.62 | 14 ratings | 2 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Dark Sleep Fortress (6:40)
2. Black And White Taste (5:56)
3. Shaman Coin Toss (6:51)
4. Bobotut (6:12)
5. Dromology (8:55)
6. Targa Floria (4:22)
7. Birdie In The Wall (6:57)

Total Time 45:53

Line-up / Musicians

- Bill Wolter / Guitar
- Chris Lauf / Drums
- Stephen Wright / Electric Bass
- Melody Ferris / Vocals
- Ivor Holloway / Tenor, Alto, and Soprano Saxophone
- Eli Wallace / Keyboards (1,2,4,5)
- Theo Padouvas / Trumpet (1,2,4,5,6)
- Andrew Vernon / Keyboards (3,6,7)
- David Shaff / Trumpet (3,7)
- Aharon Wheels Bolsta / Tabla (5)

Releases information

Label: AltrOck (CD)
Format: CD, Digital
December 31, 2016 (Digital) July 21, 2017 (CD)

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INNER EAR BRIGADE Dromology ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (36%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars It's been five years since the wonderful Rainbro but this little gem makes the wait all worthwhile. A little heavier and more serious this time around but the compositional skill and instrumental performances have improved a notch (as if that were possible!)

1. "Dark Sleep Fortress" (6:40) opens the album with a heavier but still avant sound that is fully recognizable for people who are familiar with their previous album, Rainbro. The band is thick and tight! Forgot how much I like these horns and the voice of Melody Ferris. Nice keyboard solo and horn section work in the final two minutes. Unfortunately, the bass line here just gets too old--not enough movement and variation. (8/10)

2. "Black And White Taste" (5:56) avant in a math rock almost THINKING PLAGUE way. Almost feels like a study in whole-band (even vocal) weave using odd time signatures. I have to admit that I don't like it when Melody's voice is used in this way. Great bass, sax, and electric piano work. (8/10)

3. "Shaman Coin Toss" (6:51) nice opening with lots of fast-paced whole-band movement. Almost HAIRCUT ONE HUNDRED energy here. Melody's voice brings us back to solid ground (in a good way) before the horns and fast- play and changes take us in other directions--many! And moving so fast! This is fun! The 1960s Bay Area-style electric solo is unfortunate; turns me off. Piano section is nice, simple, a surprising twist--coupled with a softer side of Melody. FROGG CAFÉ comes to mind here. As with some of the previous album, the mid-song tempo and stylistic changes are a bit mystifying. Still, a pretty amazing composition. (9/10)

4. "Bobotut" (6:12) bouncy, upbeat multi-thread weave with instrument-like vocals mirrored by sax and other horns throughout. Part NORTH SEA RADIO ORCHESTRA, part Astrud & João Gilberto. Gorgeous! Maybe my favorite song on the album! (9.5/10)

5. "Dromology" (8:55) love the winding rondo weave of the separated horns on this with Melody's long drawn out singing notes. (9/10)

6. "Targa Floria" (4:22) horns, repeated electric guitar riff, and Fender Rhodes-like keys fill the opening before the horn section starts doing its magic in several weaves. This is all multi-layered instrumental jazz--a very intricate composition very tightly performed. The horns in the mid-section and second half are quite nostalgic in a BURT BACHARACH-kind of way. A top three for me. (9.5/10)

7. "Birdie In The Wall" (6:57) awesome big-band kind of opening turns into a more intricate staccato weave with Melody Ferris's smooth torch song vocal playing over the top. The second section gives this almost a SWING OUT SISTER sound. I love it! Such a great, smooth song! Definitely another top three song for me. (9.5/10)

The further I get into the album I keep wondering why this wonderful bass player did what he did in the opening song.

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music. There's a little feeling of the genius of HOMUNCULUS RES here.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars 3.5 stars for sure

Second offer Dromology released in 2017, is a natural follow up to excellent Rainbro. Inner Ear Brigade really done it with the debut and this second album is quite as good as previous one. The attitude remaining the same , avant prog with jazzy interplays the perfect example is the excellent opening Dark Sleep Fortress, and the pieces flow perfectly. Nice female vocals made by Melody Ferris with tenacious sax playing combined with groovy guitar parts and great mellotron arrangements in the mix. So, all around this is fairly good towards great release, I kinda like the debut more, but this desearves attention aswell. Intresting art work for sure and all package , 3.5 stars for this one, I think will be ranked among the most intresting albums of the avant prog scene in last couple of years.

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