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NEW BEGINNING - EPISODE 1

Distant Dream

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4.15 | 12 ratings | 2 reviews | 27% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Prelude (4:21)
2. Searching For An Angel (4:42)
3. Conflict (4:37)
4. Cross Across My Heart (6:35)
5. Courage Against The Rage (5:28)
6. Last Goodbye (3:57)
7. Reflections (5:33)
8. A New Beginning (8:16)

Total Time: 53:29

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Line-up / Musicians

- Sujit Srinivas / vocals, guitars, keyboards, arrangements
- Arunava (Deep) Banerjee / piano, keyboards, programming, arrangements
- Jake Reichbart / guitars
- Robert (Bob) Berger / guitars
- Arunima Dasgupta / vocals
- Jayanta Dasgupta / guitars
- Larry Luketich / bass
- David McWilliam / bass
- Chiro Lahiri / drums
- Shankar-Ajay Subramanian / backing vocals
- Veena Kulkarni / piano
- Lara Hall / violin

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CD Distant Dream Studios (2005)

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DISTANT DREAM New Beginning - Episode 1 ratings distribution


4.15
(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
27%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
27%
Good, but non-essential (45%)
45%
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Review by ClemofNazareth
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk Researcher
4 stars This isn’t actually a band per se, but rather a project along the lines of Arjen Anthony Lucassen’s Ayreon, LaBrie and Pauly’s Frameshift, Trent Gardner’s Explorers Club, or arguably even Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’. In this case the project is the multi- media, multinational realization of a sort of fable that might actually be based on some sort of folk legend. Even if it isn’t, the moral of the story is pretty much as old as time.

And just to be clear, I wouldn’t put these guys in the same league as Ayreon, Frameshift, or any of Gardner’s many projects. For one thing they don’t have the resources or commercial backing that any of those other guys have. For another, at least one of the two project leaders is actually a professional engineer in Michigan who appears to have put this album together simply as a side effort. That said, the attention to detail in the arrangements and the mixing is quite admirable considering most of the participants don’t appear to be full-time recording artists, and much of the collaboration was done via the Web. The album is self-released and mostly available on the Web or in the Michigan area.

The concept for this album seems to have been the brain-child of Indian (as in Ghandi, not Tonto) keyboardist Deep Banerjee, who along with apparent long-time friend Sujit Srinivas carried it from their college days in India to graduate studies and a career in the United States. Other contributors appear to be either other engineers or musicians they enlisted in Michigan, or people they had connections to back in India or elsewhere who collaborated long-distance.

I won’t belabor the storyline since you can read the entire thing on their website, but essentially it is a tale or love and chances lost as a result of not focusing on the really important things in life. Like I said an idea as old as time, but one that still resonates.

There are a few issues here, largely the result of the obvious continuity problems one has to deal with when partnering to create something via the web (or any other remote means for that matter). The lyrics for most of the songs are only vaguely consistent with the storyline that accompanies the album – the story is told from the view of a third-party, while the song’s lyrics mostly seem to be second-person and are more internally-focused. The artwork on the other hand seems to mostly fit, but the striking resemblance to nearly every on-line RPG I’ve ever seen makes it difficult to appreciate as simply part of this attempted multi-media experience. And there are a few places in the music (“Last Goodbye” and “A New Beginning” in particular) where the vocals don’t quite track with the musical tempo, which results in an ever-so-slightly awkward feel for parts of the songs.

But in all this is an admirable effort from a couple of guys who don’t do this for a living. The mixing and production work is as good as or better than many indie or even other neo-prog bands. And the musicians for the most part all seem to know what they’re doing, so the overall sound is pretty high quality. The influences are pretty obvious – Genesis (or more likely Marillion); Dream Theater; maybe some Porcupine Tree with the instrumental passages.

Once again we have a situation where a five-star rating scale doesn’t accurately describe an album. This is a little better than good, but it is not quite excellent, so 3.5 stars is the right place for it. I’ll err on the side of caution and not shortchange these guys simply because of a faulty rating system, so four stars it is. Well recommended, mostly to neo-prog fans.

peace

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5 stars I have been a progger for nearly a decade now, and this album has been among the nicest musical surprises that I've had over the years, right up there with Dream Theater's Images & Words, Spock's Beard's The Light, and Tangent's Music that Died Alone, to name a few. I got drawn in through the ... (read more)

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