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Urban Nomad are an eclectic progressive rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. A quartet, the band consists of Will Neufeld (keyboards, vocals), Nick Rempel (guitar, vocals), Justin Kroeker (bass), and James Neufeld (drums). Formed around 2009, the band recorded their only release, a self-titled EP, over the course of 9 months, from October 2011 to June 2012. The EP was largely recorded independently as a home production, but nonetheless maintains the quality of a professional recording.

Released in October 2012, the 30 minute long Urban Nomad sees the band playing an intricate yet melodic take on prog rock with heavy leanings into jazz fusion. In addition to its primarily jazzy flavour, the EP also contains excursions into more symphonic territory, along with minor psychedelic and blues undertones, not unlike some Canterbury bands. Although Urban Nomad clearly define their own unique sound, the EP does remind the listener of the band's cited influences, which include 70's artists such as King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Camel, as well as more contemporary artists, such as Porcupine Tree and Jaga Jazzist. In 2015, the band regrouped as Teleharmonium, who continue to create original prog rock with a more commercial crossover sound.

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Review by Beautiful Scarlet

3 stars Jazz Rock from Canada

Track one opens with organ reminiscent of the Canterbury Scene and some Phil Miller esque guitar lines. The track keeps that feel up until the singer comes in with a blues singing which sort of changes the songs direction to that more American style. I like the instruments on this one but don't care for the vocal harmonies/singing. I think this one would be better shorter and without singing.

Track two opens with furious drumming and a riff played on keys/guitar. From here a sic sic wah supports a Jazz guitar lead that becomes a spacey section of walking bass and other instruments doing their own thing on top. The vocals then come in, veering towards Metal/Hard Rock vocals. The song then returns to a jazzy workout. This track is alright, a bit disorganized, wandering in parts and the vocals being rather eh. (This one takes the song to 3*)

Track three opens with an ambient swirling soundscape that slowly introduces the song via piano. When vocals come in they go well with the gentle keys. Eventually, the song picks up and becomes a keyboard solo over a good rhythm section. This turns into a jazz guitar interlude then a loungy vocal part. A lengthy interlude of a darker kind leads into a calmer Jazz part. Vocals eventually come back and are followed by some organ/guitar trading lead to close the track. This song is alright.

Overall this is a solid debut. The instrumentals are largely on point although the vocals are mostly delivered in a style that clashes with the music (hard rock singing with very calm jazz playing). High three stars for me.

Thanks to magnum vaeltaja for the artist addition.

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