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3.92 | 36 ratings | 6 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Letter (4:42)
2. Shindigjig (4:43)
3. Fallasophy (5:02)
4. The Frequent See, Consistent Seas (2:50)
5. The Anti-Dream (5:09)
6. The Scythe Pendulum Swing (7:33)
7. Diamond Duller (4:56)
8. Jaunter (5:26)
9. Rester (Analog Chameleon) (5:01)
10. Wanderlost (11:09)

Total Time 56:31

Line-up / Musicians

- Kyle Halldorson / Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Mandolin, bongos, shakers, tambourine
- Aaron Edgar / Drums

- Kelsey Halldorson / Vocals (7)
- Gerrit Delaquis / Vocals (7)
- Paula DaCosta / Vocals (7)

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released May 3, 2019

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
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Review by TCat
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
5 stars DIZZY MYSTICS is an Eclectic Prog band formed in 2017 and based out of Winnepeg, Manitoba in Canada. The band is fronted by Kyle HALLDORSON who mentions that he had several songs that he had written and he wanted to get them recorded, so he recruited the help of Aaron EDGAR to record the drums and track them to his music, each one of them doing the mixing in their own home studios. During the mixing process, Kyle recruited a touring band in order to play the music live, this line up consisting of Kyle (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Alexandre JOYAL (guitar), Aaron BACON (bass), and Robert SCHAU (drums).

The band's debut album "Wanderlost", however, was recorded by Kyle, who plays all of the instruments in this instance, except for the drums who were played by Aaron. The only other musicians on the album are the guest vocalists that appear on the track "Diamond Duller". This album consists of 10 tracks and has a total run time of over 56 minutes. The music is definitely eclectic and eccentric, adding splashes of psychedelic music, some folk aspects, hard rock, jazz and just a dash of indie folk. The music takes a lot of inspiration from everything from KING CRIMSON to UMPHREY'S MCGEE, and adds just enough alternative flair to keep it all current.

The album starts off with a great example of their music in the first single "Letter" (4:42). The music is a swirling layering of guitars that take their cue from Crimson, adding heavy drums and progressive rhythms, even though the meter is pretty standard, it still sounds complex and definitely quirky. This is a great heavy rocker with a kaleidoscope of sounds and the vocals are also top notch, matching the style exactly the way you would hope. Umphrey's McGee fans will also notice the carefree, rocking attitude which retains an excellent use of dynamics. "Shindigjig" (4:43) begins with a fast pace drum solo which leads into a guitar pounding out chords right along with the beat. When vocals come in, they are layered into some cool sounding harmonics and the music continues to match the name of the band, at least in the dizzying fast pace of the attacking guitars. Add in a mandolin keeping up with the guitar attack, and you got this quirky song.

"Fallasophy" (5:02) begins with drums and bass establishing the more moderate beat, that soon switches up meters and beats. There is a taste of the quirkiness of PRIMUS in this track, but with a jazz-oriented melody, it makes for a great combination. There is also a great example of Kyle's vocal abilities, almost sounding like several different singers with his ability to change tone and register at a moments notice. "The Frequent See, Consistent Seas" (2:50) continues with that tricky sound with interweaving melodies and complex guitar riffs and drums keeping time with the complexity, also playing very dynamically. It's a shorter track, but it still packs a wallop. "The Anti-Dream" (5:09) doesn't give you a chance to catch your breath as it takes right off, and builds to a heavier sound with rolling guitar interludes between the frantic and wild vocals. This is one of my favorites from the album as it swings from tapping jazz sections to heavy and quirky rock without hardly any warning. Yet, with all of this ever changing sound, everything still remains interestingly melodic. The instrumental break switches to a more moderate beat, and the change in tone continues as if it never happened.

"The Scythe Pendulum Swing" (7:33) slows things up a bit, but still doesn't let up on the progressive sound, sticking this time to a laid-back jazz style with some great dynamic vocals that also include counterpunctual harmonies that at times contradict the main melody. The vocals swing around like some of the wordless scat jazz vocals from some of the best jazz singers, but there are actually lyrics. This, along with the ever changing vocal tones make this complicated even with its groovy laid-back attitude. Vocal lines start at deep whispers to soaring high notes like some kind of acrobatic (insert your favorite bird). "Diamond Duller" (4:56) utilizes the guest vocalists who sing along with Kyle's vocals. The song is heavier than the last, but the complexity continues with ever changing meters and shifting energies. The additional vocalists bring another dimension to the album in this track.

"Jaunter" (5:26) begins with contradicting guitar lines which soon give way to a funky bass and guitar. The rhythm section drives this track from funk to off kilter beats without hesitation. Melodic hooks rule on this one, but don't count on a rest from progressive heaviness as the music continues its quirkiness, taking the listener away on its many guitar hooks and riff with acrobatic vocals. A sudden end with some sound effects take us into "Rester (Analog Chameleon)" (5:01) which moves along a bit more smoothly, but only a bit, as it returns to a laid-back attitude, with jazz intervals thrown in to keep it all interesting. There is some great guitar picking on this track between the stanzas, and if you are listening closely, during the vocals. Excellent! The album ends with the title track "Wanderlost" (11:09). The band definitely saves one of the quirkiest for the last track, and again the music flows from heavy to soft, changing styles smoothly or at times without notice, all of the time still remaining melodic and interesting. The interplay with the different instrumental layers that start in the 3rd minute is astounding. There is so much to hear and dissect that you could almost write a complete and long review on this track alone. Jazz harmonics take over at 5 minutes, then suddenly build to a heavy guitar onslaught, all the while the vocals keeping up with the sudden changes. Simply amazing! This track alone is a masterpiece, but then so is the entire album.

The music here is complex, yet surprisingly melodic. There are so many layers in the songs, yet it doesn't drown itself in sound as each layer of the music is easily followed and not buried like some other bands have done. The mixing and production is done so well, that each layer is easily heard and you can choose whether to listen to the music as a whole, or delve into the music and listen to a few lines and layers at a time to really hear the complexity in the music. Each time you hear this, you can hear it differently and have a completely different experience. Or you can just put it on and marvel at its progressive complexity and quirkiness. The vocals are wildly dynamic, the musicianship is far above the norm and will leave you with your jaw hanging open. It's so hard to believe this was all done mostly by one person, and from what I hear about their concerts, the touring band is also amazing, but then they would have to be to keep up with this music. Oustanding and defiantly one of the best of 2019! I will be looking forward to more releases from this new band.

Review by siLLy puPPy
4 stars Joining bands like Bachman-Turner Overdrive, The Guess Who, Propagandhi, The Weakerthans and Mohagany Frog comes one of the few and proud from Canada's central city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. One of 2019's most energetic and adventurous psychedelic prog bands, DIZZY MYSTICS formed in 2017 and has released two singles but finally releases its debut WANDERLOST in 2019. While it may seem that for touring purposes the band shows four members in most photo ops, in reality DIZZY MYSTICS is just the duo of Kyle Halldorson (Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Mandolin, bongos, shakers, tambourine) and Aaron Edgar on drums along with a few guest vocalists. Wild and unpredictable, WANDERLOST so far has been one of the highlights of the prog universe this year.

Suffice it to say that DIZZY MYSTICS is quite unique and sounds like no other band out there which is quite the refreshing development in a world of a million clones and sound usurpers. The band idea and compositions are pretty much the brainchild of main man Kyle Hlldorson who crafted the 10 tracks on WANDERLOST which were primarily written on guitar and then came the bass and drum parts later. While many other instruments are implemented for stylistic effect, DIZZY MYSTICS is primarily a guitar, bass and drum act with the in-yer-face focus on energetic jazz-rock riffing that often drifts into hard rock territory along with slower atmospheric relaxed moments.

Delivering the true meaning of electric, the guitars of King Crimsonian magnitude exude a Steely Dan sort of jazz-rock vibe but can hint at neo-prog's heavier moments heard by bands like IQ or Arena and also has moments that remind of "Relayer" era Yes or even Wobbler. At times the music is somewhat goofy with tongue-in-cheek humor more in tune with the silliness of Frank Zappa. While DIZZY MYSTICS describes its own music as psychedelic progressive rock, the music is more intricately designed with pinches of this and that in every cadence that makes you sit band and thin, hmmm who does that remind me of? The truth of the matter is that WANDERLOST is one of those jittery jazzy prog albums that finds the guitar, bass and drums all exhibiting independent roles and rolling out an exuberant business for most of the album's near 57 minute run.

Perhaps more notable than the funk jazz bass slapping and heavy time signature rich riffing of the guitar is the stellar drum abuse of Aaron Edgar whose chops keep the album hopping at a quickened pace as his drum rolls and fills sound as busy as a caffeinated Neil Pert but with a much richer palette especially in the jazz arenas of drumming complexities. While the psychedelic passages do occur, personally i wouldn't call this band psychedelic in the sense of any true otherworldliness coming into play. This band is about delivering tight-knit musical cadences that generate time signature rich rhythmic interplay with outbursts of energy that often rampage through hard rock territory and verge on metal. The notable exceptions for the true psychedelic extra touches are short as heard on the final title track.

Quirky is the only word that comes to mind when describing DIZZY MYSTICS. Sometimes Halldorson's vocals remind me of Neil Morse and the band can sound like a more jazzy version of Spock's Beard or Morse's solo material only more spastic, more diverse and more, well, quirky. There is a lot of staccato on this album. The snappy rhythmic passages and the quickened bass slaps utilize short bursts of silence in between chords and notes which may seem imperceptible but gives the entire effect a more slapping funkified feel. Probably the weirdest part of the album are the vocals which could be irritating if the music didn't so perfectly match the off-kilter nature of Halldorson's somewhat acute vocal smatterings throughout WANDERLOST. This isn't your ordinary prog but a goofball mix of many other styles that come to mind but presented like nothing else. This energetic electric prog is definitely for those who like it fast, loud and jittery.

Review by Rivertree
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions
4 stars Who may need dizzy mystics? Well, the band name won't be a hollow promise at all, you should know. Relatively new to the (prog) rock scene this outfit is hailing from Winnipeg, Canada. Kyle Halldorson is going to be the head, that's for sure, while being responsible for song-writing duties, vocals and a proper amount of instruments (assorted guitars, bass, percussions). But then it becomes mystical for the first time, what other members are to expect? Diverse band related images are showing various dudes. Official website and bandcamp page are naming different contributors, the latter Aaron Edgar as the sole partner on the drums regarding the recording process of the debut album. This probably may differ when accomplishing a dizzy live gig, or what?, respectively being on tour.

Anyway, their debut album 'Wanderlost', a set of ten songs, is bursting with strength, energy, dynamics, playfulness, shifting rhythms, twist and turns. Adventurous, music-wise barely anything is out of the question. The collection combines untamed heavy rock ambiance akin to Primus with King Crimson eclecticism and some proper psychedelic vibe. Just trying to vaguely describe the boundaries. A fireworks in composition and implementation. Examplarily I would like to point out the wonderful The Frequent See, Consistent Seas with superfine percussion appearance. And of course the multi-layered title track which leaves nothing to be desired. Chapeau, Kyle! An extraordinary listening pleasure.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars The new ECHOLYN? or TOOL? or JACK O' THE CLOCK? or GHOST MEDICINE? With his varieties of sounds and styles, Kyle Halldorson has the skills to pave his own way into Prog World--wherever he wants to. The question is, where will he choose?

1. "Letter" (4:42) (8.5/10)

2. "Shindigjig" (4:43) sounds so much like Jared Leach's GHOST MEDICINE project! Add a little of CSN&Y's vocal stylings and, Wow! Are Kyle and Jared brothers from different mothers? (I'm wont to throw JACK O' THE CLOCK leader Damon Waitkus into the mix) The first of my Top Three picks. (9.25/10)

3. "Fallasophy" (5:02) is there a little MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN in this guy, too? Quite a display of instrumental skill here as well. It'd be interesting to hear Kyle play with TREE TOPS' twin guitar phenoms, Cory Smith and Adam Webb. (8.5/10)

4. "The Frequent See, Consistent Seas" (2:50) hard to categorize this one as it's such a wild and intricate weave of multiple styles. (8.5/10)

5. "The Anti-Dream" (5:09) awesome gut-punching song on the fringes of heavy metal and classic blues rock. Great guitar play on display. Great vocals. My second Top Three song. (9/10)

6. "The Scythe Pendulum Swing" (7:33) taking on a more atmospheric psychedelic approach I am here reminded of contemporary bands SANGUINE HUM, 3RDEGREE, and TREE TOPS--and even a little bit of old STEELY DAN. Great pacing and vocal stylings. A top three song for me. (14.5/15)

7. "Diamond Duller" (4:56) another song that reminds me of 3RDEGREE. Great stuff! (8.5/10)

8. "Jaunter" (5:26) early Jeff "Skunk" Baxter playing with The Dan (Steely) and some of The Allman Brothers in order to try their take on Stevie Wonder's "Superstition." (Am I crazy?) Once again: great vocals. (8.5/10)

9. "Rester (Analog Chameleon)" (5:01) a more folk-bluegrass early DOOBIE BROTHERS take on 3RDEGREE or JOHN MAYER music. Nice drumming here on this very percussive/staccato song. (8.75/10)

10. "Wanderlost" (11:09) using quite a little YES style and sound (though perhaps YEZDA URFA would be a more accurate comparison), this one flows and quirks much like a Damon Waitkus composition--though the sone is also full of many instances and elements reminiscent of 2017's Antimemory by Californian one-off VANETA and even SANGUINE HUM. Great song despite it's mystifying meanderings. (17.8/20)

Total Time 56:31

4.5 stars; a great, exciting collection of hard-rocking, hard-driving songs from a young new virtuoso multi- instrumentalist. You go, Kyle! ARTIST TO WATCH!

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