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A British unit ALTA FORMA was formed by a Canadian-born and UK-based bass player Antoine FAFARD as his first project featuring lyrics. Antoine has been releasing original instrumental music for more than 20 years, and his first solo work "Solus Operandi" was released in August 2011. Following a project under the moniker of "Chemical Reactions" with Gavin HARRISON (ex-Porcupine Tree, King Crimson, or The Pineapple Thief), ALTA FORMA's first album "Spatium & Tempus" was launched in October 2022. "Spatium & Tempus" in collaboration with JK HARRISON (vocals, keyboards) and Todd SUCHERMAN (drums), is obviously inspired by lots of progressive rock pioneers like ELP, King Crimson, Rush, UK or Yes, flavoured with jazz / fusion texture such as Steely Dan or Gino Vannelli, or classical rock bands like Cream, Led Zeppelin or The Who.

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Spatium & Tempus
Alta Forma Crossover Prog

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars Although already being aware of London based Antoine Fafard as a composer and guitarist, this is the first time I've invested sufficient space and time for the new music he's constantly providing. Possibly also provoked by the album title. Okay, it's a debut also in some way, because released under the new moniker ALTA FORMA. And music-wise it showcases a slight shift from what he has produced beforehand. Well, that makes curious of course. Very much focused on jazz fusion originally it's a tad more art rock oriented on that occasion. Furthermore this also concerns the new approach to write lyrics, to incorporate vocals. Fafard's fundamental challenge in making this music was to find a singer who would fully match and contribute to it. Finally it was JK Harrison from the US, who then managed to provide valuable input into the lyrical and musical direction of this project.

Harrison has worked for Brian Wilson, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, amongst others, also being a close collaborator with Todd Sucherman (drums) since their early years. Having such a prolific percussionist added to the fold means a big plus of course. He had played with Styx for over 20 years by the way. 'Spatium & Tempus', respectively 'Space & Time' ... as for the concept, thematically seen, this is more coming from the spontaneity, and not deeply hidden into metaphorical imagery. The lyrics are dealing with universal matters in general. 'You've been pulled out from your Comfort Zone', one of my album favourites is exemplarily calling for a specific adventure, while wondering what is behind the wall ... Fafard's guitar solo puts the cherry on the cake. The album opener also convinces with proper groove respectively splendid drum fills.

Strong piano contributions on Invisible Time, this sees Harrison being credited regarding the music. And so it's not really surprising that it sounds more tending to an AOR style. In this case I'd like to highlight the great fretless bass presence, also a matter of Fafard. Hear Now probably marks the most prolific composition, simply a masterpiece. The clever acoustic and electric guitar synergy is striking. And not be missed, dealing with global disasters and hopefully the survival of mankind, the closing energetic Apocalyptus is accompanied by an ambitious promo video. All three musicians play to their strengths, that's guaranteed. ALTA FORMA have produced a very appealing song collection, featuring nine compact pieces in total, inventive, melodic, and showcasing splendid vocals. Definitely worth an investigation.

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