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EDGAR'S HAIR is a music project launched by three musicians, Hans Brussee (guitar, vocals), drummer Leon van der Leer and Leo Zwaan (bass). They are residing in the Netherlands respectively Czech Republic and name bands like Soft Machine, King Crimson, Mogwai and Sigur Ros influencing their work. At the end of the year 2017 the trio came up with the ambitious attempt to set Richard Bach's 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' novell to music.

The result is 'Jonathan's Dive', an erratic epic, dark mooded, atmospheric, where besides the standard instrumentation also trumpet and moog taurus are having an important role within their plans. Psychedelic space rock including traces of kraut, post and ethno music, garnered with a proper amount of electronics and guest vocals in multiple languages.

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 Jonathan's Dive by EDGAR'S HAIR album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.18 | 6 ratings

Jonathan's Dive
Edgar's Hair Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by raigor

5 stars "Jonathan's Dive" is a debut album of the Leiden/Rotterdam, The Netherlands based three-piece band EDGAR'S HAIR featuring Hans Brussee (guitars, vocals, trumpet, moog taurus, stylophone, organ, theremin), Leon van der Leer (drums, percussion, xylophone, backing vocals, moog taurus, moog prodigy, sitar) and Leo Zwaan (bass, backing vocals) - who are assisted by four guesting musicians providing winds, percussion, violins, and piano, as well as two female vocalists and seven readers-narrators.

Self-released for the Clear Spot Int. distribution in the formats of 2LP/2CD/MC, "Jonathan's Dive" is not your average conceptual prog-rock epic. This is literally a 93-minute audio-visual soundtrack-screening to the iconic fable "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach. The original structure of the book - four parts, three of which were first published in 1970 while the fourth part was added in 2014 - are carefully preserved in the album. It's interesting that "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" was first cinematized in 1974, and the soundtrack for the film was written by Neil Diamond. However, EDGAR'S HAIR have absolutely different and original vision of the Bach's bestseller.

They offer complex and dramatic, highly nuanced and detailed, multi-leveled and poly-stylistic, yet very cinematic in its nature music with extended instrumental passages interweaving various Progressive, Experimental, Fusion, Psychedelic, Neoclassical and Worldmusic trends. The dramatic focus in on the internal fragility and vulnerability of a human to the challenges of life. It explains the titles of the four album parts: "Awareness", "Conflict", "Succeeding" и "Emptiness". Each album's part takes a side of the 2LP edition and reflects a particular part of the book. The music is generally unclassifiable in traditional categories. It can be described as Experimental-Prog, Post-Jazz, Neo-Kraut- Psychedelia but the most adequate definition would be Cinematic-Rock which absorbs a variety of influences, and utilize particular stylistic elements to create a specific dramatic character. The authors stress that no samples and no loops were used in creating the musical content. Each track on this album including pure ambient pastoral soundscapes - there are totally 13 pieces on the album - can evoke very personal associations which can vary from listener to listener.

Overall, EDGAR'S HAIR's debut album is grandiose and majestic work. The only problem with it is that in order to understand it properly you'll have to listen to it from the beginning to the end at once, and one single listening is definitely not enough to catch all nuances and feel overwhelming beauty of the album. Highly recommended for lovers of inventive Modern-Rock beyond the trends.

 Jonathan's Dive by EDGAR'S HAIR album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.18 | 6 ratings

Jonathan's Dive
Edgar's Hair Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars Adopted from Richard Bach's 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' novel, here we have a somewhat erratic epic of about 100 minutes playing time. Designed by three musicians from the Netherlands and Czech Republic, featuring support coming from some friends on diverse, partially ethnic instruments furthermore. Although being experienced musicians, I did not know anything about Hans Brussee, Leon van der Leer and Leo Zwaan beforehand. Luckily that's history now. 'Jonathan's Dive' turns out to be an ambitious blend of rather dark mooded psychedelic space rock, kraut and ethno music, overall mixed with diverse vintage electronica stuff and a proper voice palette concerning multiple languages. Appealing! Worth it to be checked out.

The album is available via Hoor'75 Records label as double LP and CD ... and yes, even on music cassette! This is not a quick shot from one weekend filled with jams. Maybe when it comes to the basics, moreover though conceived with patience right down to the last detail due to a vivid exchange via internet. According to the main frame the sound of the sea, seagull samples especially moreover, won't be missed here of course. At the latest the atmospheric Stratosphere empathically will confirm - this is an album where headphones (respectively an isolated private listening area without any distraction) are strongly required in order to reach for a higher level. Brussee is serving a bunch of beautiful soaring guitars. Theremin, moog as well as diverse gongs are responsible for a hallucinogenic feel in between.

Furthermore, not only on The Messenger, the echoing trumpet turns out to be a very spacey instrument. On the other hand we are experiencing some heavy outbursts too. And you see, track titles are not accidentally chosen. I mean Speed Of Life for example, which appears in a really rushed, rather heavy and biassing manner. The album's title track should not be left unnoted, somewhat special for sure. A range from expressive to screaming vocals, contrasted by nice piano licks, would you like to have much dramaturgy? Now coming to my personal favourite, the opener Glitterings Height marks a fantastic space rock tune which gradually and carefully unfolds. Trumpet or didgeridoo? Whatever, this makes my day. A really well-made debut which was issued at the end of the last year.

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition.

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