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GLASS KITES II

Glass Kites

Crossover Prog


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3.83 | 27 ratings | 3 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2021

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Intro (Soviet) (3:26)
2. In the Night (4:21)
3. Leviathan (8:58)
4. Ideologue (2:47)
5. Discworld / Projector (10:38)

Total Time 30:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Leon Feldman / vocals, guitar, keyboards, piano, synthesizer & sequencing
- Nate Drobner / bass, keyboards, synthesizer
- Curt Henderson / guitar
- Daryn Cassie / piano, Fender Rhodes
- Kyle Araki / drums

Releases information

Cover: Kelsey Mcrae
Format: CD (Ltd. 150), Digital
January 1, 2021

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GLASS KITES Glass Kites II ratings distribution


3.83
(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
11%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
41%
Good, but non-essential (44%)
44%
Collectors/fans only (4%)
4%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

GLASS KITES Glass Kites II reviews


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Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Beautifully composed, performed, and recorded atmospheric prog--of which I am reminded of the great 2016 Tony Patterson album, Equations of Meaning--one of my favorite albums of that year and one of my five or ten favorite Neo Prog albums of all-time. There's a little feel of Mice on Stilts and Midlake here as well.

1. "Intro (Soviet)" (3:26) a soft-jazzy prog instrumental that sounds as if it could have come out of the late 1970s--like something off of a Crusaders/Joe Sample or Narada Michael Walden album of that time. Very melodic and engaging; gets its "hooks" into you. (8.75/10)

2. "In the Night" (4:21) a MIDLAKE-sounding song with MICE ON STILTS singing and feel to it. Very pleasant and soothing. (9/10)

3. "Leviathan" (8:58) Very much in the vein of BROTHER APE's 2010 masterpiece, A Rare Moment of Insight: fast paced, drum-driven, and yet very melodic and atmospheric. The synth-driven interlude from 4:30 to 5:45 is wonderful--almost BUGGLES-like! And it continues into the next section. Great stuff! Truly BROTHER APE territory. The final two minutes reminds me of a cross between Ryuichi Sakamoto's synth pop of the 80s and 90s and some of Johannes Luley's stuff. Absolutely awesome second half! (17.75/20)

4. "Ideologue" (2:47) "toy" piano sound (heavily treated) over water sounds with orchestral chords and "cello" in support. Beautiful. I could listen to a whole album of stuff like this! Synthetic strings synth play for the final minute. (9.25/10)

5. "Discworld / Projector" (10:38) heart-wrenching chords torn straight out of TONY PATTERSON's 2016 masterpiece, Equations of Meaning. The singing brings a whole different timbre to it--very pleasant. Great playful instrumental interplay beneath the calm, soothing vocal. Amazing dichotomy of presentations--that really work! GREAT first 3:35! Not so much a fan of the TOTO "Hold the Line"-like bouncing piano motif after 3:35. Fortunately, it is muted a bit with the chorus bridge at 4:50, but then it comes back. My least favorite section of the album. Instrumental soli in the seventh and eighth minutes bring it back some dignity, then flanged nylon-string strummed guitar and voice samples with new chord progression bring it back into range of likability--still not great though. Builds and builds as it reaches the tenth minute--culminating in some great electric guitar soloing over some nice drumming. Too bad the whole song couldn't have been as strong as that opening 3:35. (17.5/20)

Total Time 30:10

Short. But so pleasant to listen to. And there's so much interesting instrumental intricacy to pay attention to over repeated and future listens.

B+/4.5 stars; a wonderful addition to any prog lover's music collection.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Review #8 A half-hour revelation. It's always fun to learn about new bands via Instagram. One such band is called "Glass Kites" and hails from Canada. They released their first album on the first of January 2012 - then their second album nine years later to the day. A wonderful album, which I ... (read more)

Report this review (#2547887) | Posted by Smurfreviews | Thursday, June 3, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars For me, this is a pretty good start to 2021 although not quite a 5 star one. I'd imagine people's rating will depend heavily on their thoughts on the mixing. When drums are involved they are pretty dominant, but what it leads to in combination with the synths is a fast-paced but simultaneously c ... (read more)

Report this review (#2496110) | Posted by bartymj | Thursday, January 21, 2021 | Review Permanlink

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