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3.00 | 7 ratings | 3 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Uncertainties (5:46)
2. Burning Daylight (5:35)
3. Saborito (6:00)
4. The Unholy Four (6:02)
5. Light Me Up (5:35)
6. Jairazbhoy (4:21)
7. Transcendence (4:18)
8. Libertad (3:51)
9. Oslito (4:53)
10. No More Time (5:22)

Total Time 51:43

Line-up / Musicians

- Marcus Taylor / guitars, bass, percussion, synths, backing vocals
- Ben Bell / keyboards, choirs
- James Chapman / drums

- Marc Atkinson / vocals (2,5,7)
- Laura Scott / backing vocals (2)

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Streaming + Download
Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album
August 14, 2020

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KASHGAR Artefact ratings distribution

(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
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Review by Rivertree
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3 stars This is the sophomore effort from the band KASHGAR, headed by Ontario based guitarist Marcus Taylor. He's responsible for the lyrics, plus the whole production as well. Keyboarder Ben Bell also seems to be a constant, contributes very appealing Hammond organ on this occasion. The new one 'Artefact' is a jazz respectively world fusion fundamented album, also garnered with some blues, samba respectively latin remarks. As for that they are offering progressive rock for sure, though not the purest, one can say, not all along the way anyhow. A great plus in any case, I'm pleased to hear Marc Atkinson participating, at least when it comes to three of the songs.

Regarding the prog scene a rather popular vocalist from the UK, with contributions for bands like Nine Stones Close, Drifting Sun, Riversea, and many others too. Provided by Candy Medusa, the album art is something speciaI, I'd say nicely complementing to the world music character. Apart from that I can't discover a strict concept here, unless you take the general attitude to weave diverse musical influences together, gathered throughout recent years most likely. What helps anyway, Taylor also delivers an interesting album accompaniment. Which means a track guide, in order to offer some insight concerning the particular approach.

Apart from the already mentioned aspects, the guitar playing is very pleasing, top notch overall. A preference for Carlos Santana's work comes to the fore in between due to Sabarito and Libertad. Examplarily the world music impact manifests with Transcendence, while drawing a distinct reference to the traditional South Indian Carnatic respectively Konnakol chant for example. With Atkinson being perfectly incorporated the fusion-esque Light Me Up finally turns out to be my favourite track. My conclusion: 'Artefact' is a good album with nice compositions and excellent sound mix, 3.5 stars.

Review by kev rowland
3 stars Five years on from their debut, 2020 saw Kashgar return with their second album, 'Artefact'. The line-up for this is multi-instrumentalist Marcus Taylor, keyboard player Ben Bell (Gandalf's Fist) and drummer James Chapman, plus guest singer Marc Atkinson on a few of the tracks. In other words, the core line-up is actually Broken Parachute, whose second album, 'Living Dangerously', came out the previous year. However, in this case it makes perfect sense for them to be operating under a different name, as James was not present for the debut, plus their music is actually quite different. What we have here is progressive rock music which is inspired by the fusion of the likes of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Santana, Shakti and Return to Forever but actually moving even further into World Music.

There are times when it is the organ and synths of Ben which are at the fore, and others when it is the various instruments being utilised by Marcus, while the importance of the rhythmic percussion can never be understated. The vocal performances from Marc as exactly what one would expect from such a seasoned professional, but to my mind it actually fragments the album in some ways, as those numbers are quite different to the instrumentals and I found the switch quite severe. On their own they are wonderful, with "Light Me Up" a case in point as the combination of layered harmonies, great drums and driving keyboards along with rock guitar is a simply stunning song as it moves between calm and real presence, but it is totally at odds with the likes of "The Unholy Four" and consequently my listening ears had a hard time catching up as it is almost like two different bands and I wonder if the former might have been better off on the next Broken Parachute album instead. Their mix of World Music and progressive is fascinating, and I would rather they had concentrated more on that for the whole album.

All that to one side, this is a well-produced and great sounding album with some wonderful ideas within it and is one which can be enjoyed by the listener on the first time of playing and is certainly worthy of investigation.

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3 stars Meticulous Musical Ministrations Marcus and Pals' World Jams Marcus is a restless musical soul, and shows a wide palate of influences from which he draws. When he and Ben Bell- who also collaborated with Marcus on BROKEN PARACHUTE- get together, some pretty steamy, bluesy, jazzy musical e ... (read more)

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