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THE DISTURBANCE FIELDS

Edison's Children

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3.88 | 33 ratings | 1 reviews | 13% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

- Washed Away (67:47) :
1. Captain's Ledger (3:06)
2. A Random Occurrence (5:25)
3. Asphyxiation (4:45)
4. Captain's Refrain (0:49)
5. The Approaching Front (3:24)
6. Indigenous (3:46)
7. The Surge (8:28)
8. A Cold Gray Morning (5:25)
9. Into The Dead Calm (4:57)
10. The Tempest (6:12)
11. A Random Disturbance (3:32)
12. The Confluence (10:28)
13. Resurgence (4:07)
14. Epitaph (3:23)

Total time 67:47

Line-up / Musicians

- Pete Trewavas / rhythm (3,6,7,10,11,13), lead (5,7-10,12,13) & acoustic (12) guitars, lead (3,5-7) & backing vocals, bass (2,8,11,12), piano (4), Fx (4,9,12,14), percussion (6), Strings (8), synth (10), keyboards (12)
- Eric Blackwood / electric, acoustic (8,14) & synth (10,12,13) guitars, lead (1,2,4,5,8-12,14) & backing vocals, bass (3-6,14), Fx (6,9,12)

With:
- Rick Armstrong / lead (3,6), rhythm (5,12) & acoustic (11) guitars, bass (7,10,13)
- Lisa Wetton / drums (7,8,13)
- Henry Rogers / drums (2,3,5,6,10-12)
- John Mitchell / sounds (1)
- Chief Madera Negra / voice (6)

Releases information

Artwork: Wendy Darling

CD Random Disturbance Records ‎- RDR-EC07 (2019, UK)

FLAC download - bandcamp.com

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3.88
(33 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
13%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(65%)
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Good, but non-essential (13%)
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Collectors/fans only (6%)
6%
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Review by TCat
COLLABORATOR Eclectic Team
4 stars Edison's Children is a well-known Neo-prog band formed by the duo of Pete Trewavas (from Marillion and Transatlantic) and Eric Blackwood (Sunblister and Blackwood & Foti). These two multi-instrumentalists have been the main core of the band since it's beginning. They have always recruited other individuals as needed for each album they have released.

"The Disturbance Fields" was released in July of 2019 and the album features one 68 minute epic song called "Washed Away" divided up into 14 tracks, each individually titled. The line up consists of founders Trewavas on bass, lead and rhythm guitars, lead vocals and v-flute; and Blackwood on lead and rhythm guitars, bass, lead vocals, v-flute, and orchestration. Three other artists were recruited to help out on this album. Rick Armstrong, the son of Neil Armstrong (yes, the astronaut), helps with lead and rhtyrhm guitars and bass on some of the tracks. Henry Rogers (Touchstone and DeeExpus) plays drums on most of the tracks. Lisa Wetton, the wife of the late John Wetton, plays drums on 3 of the tracks. The album deals with the wrath of nature and how it reacts to the way humans mistreat the oceans and rainforests and the overdevelopment of certain areas of the earth. It doesn't deal with any single type of natural disaster, but all of them especially in light of all of the occurrences of hurricanes, earthquakes and the likes in the past few years.

The music starts simple and pensive with "Captain's Ledger" which consists mostly of acoustic guitars and vocals. "A Random Occurrence" builds upon this by adding drums, and synth to the acoustic sound, but as things intensify, the rhythm remains the same. There is an instrumental build up and then vocals return, more passionate and dynamic this time. Things continue to build as the track continues with some nice synth passage, the rhythm remains in a 3 / 4 meter, a flowing feeling that imitates wave movement. Things go quite soft at the last part of the track, with pensive keys. "Asphyxiation" turns suddenly dark with some cool effects that combine percussion and guitar all chopped up. This along with the bass support the vocals that come in, both sung and whispered and again intensity build from this, but with much more darkness involved. The rhythm is more driven now, but the same meter as before persists, and things seem more tumultuous, like the waves on a choppy, wind-blown ocean. Heavy guitars take over at the last part of this section. A short section called "Captain's Refrain" ties up these first tracks.

"The Approaching Front" changes the meter to a more standard 4 / 4 rhythm and the track feels a bit more straitforward with a reserved heaviness and an excellent and pronounced bass line. The vocals follow a melody which is somewhat repetitive, possibly allowing for a single to be pulled off of the album. It is a good song with a nice build that ends up stirring up your heart as it reaches a nice instrumental climax. "Indigenous" calms things down again and spoken words from some processed, evil sounding vocals begin. The lyrics suggest it is spoken by a tribal representative. The music is quite solid in this track, again driving things to a nice, emotional climax. There is a lot of anger in this track, and rightfully so.

"The Surge" begins with a great hook and a driving beat creating a catchy rock song. The edge it taken off of it a bit when the smooth sound of synths come in, but comes back a little while later before the vocals start again. The same pattern repeats, but the music is instantly accessible and, right from the first listen, is infectious. After the third iteration, at the half way point, the rest of the track retains a smoother feel featuring some emotional guitar work to finish off this 8+ minute track. "A Cold Gray Morning" goes for a smooth jazz fusion feel and a laid back groove mostly established by strummed guitars. Added synths add an expansive feel on the 2nd verse. The accessibility of the music does not lessen the excellent quality of the sound and the musicianship on the album. "Into the Dead Calm" begins with simple acoustic guitar and vocals with a slow melody. They try for a feeling of vulnerability here, however, it sounds a little forced and intentional to be authentic. Fortunately, it's the only weak track so far. Unfortunately, however, this 5 minute track doesn't change through its full duration.

"The Tempest" brings back in the feeling of unease, and it also speeds up the tempo again, but leaves you with a feeling that there is impending trouble on the horizon. The central idea of the album is all expressed in the lyrics of this track. The track is vocally heavy, but there are still plenty of short instrumental interludes separating the stanzas and most of that is done by guitar. "A Random Disturbance" continues to move in the darker direction with a repeating synth riff and a feeling of unease being reflected in the timbre of the vocal. The guitar comes in again stirring things up with another great solo.

"The Confluence" is the longest subsection of the album at over 10 minutes. This subsection has its own subsections as it moves through various moods. The lyrics in this track follow a fisherman who is down on his luck. The protagonist waits for a lucky break that never happens and sails out to sea to try his luck at getting a catch of his lifetime only lose his life at sea. The track again tries for the vulnerability at the beginning, but this track features a lot more dynamics and utilizes all of their instrumentation, so moves through some more variant passages. The ending moral is a timely one: "The sea gives up what she will, so go and catch your fill, but be prepared to her debt; sometimes with her strife?.sometimes with your life". After this declaration, there is a great synth solo and later guitar solo against a heavy and driving background.

"Resurgence" is the only instrumental on the album, but even then there are some vocals in there. An anthem-style guitar melody gets improvised treatment as it plays against a moderate beat. Some of the theme from the album return during this track, tying it all together. The final track is "Epitaph" and it ends the album pensively with a message that doesn't leave much hope in the end, the words of a dying man.

This is an excellent album and is done quite well, even if it doesn't have a lot of complex melodies or passages. However, like I said previously, just because it is not complex doesn't mean that it isn't any good. Quite the contrary, its accessibility is a strong trait, but there is still enough here to make it all progressive enough, especially in the Neo-prog style. I admit that I consider the first half of the album the strongest as things tend to sag a bit on the 2nd half, the main problem being the attempts at what seems to be forced vulnerability. But this is easy to get around especially with the subject matter, and the strong first half of the album. This is definitely one of the stronger releases this month, but with the weaker last half, it doesn't quite make it to masterpiece status. But it is a strong 4 star album nevertheless.

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