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QUANTUM FANTAY

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Belgium


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QUANTUM FANTAY started in 2004 when Pete Mush and Jaro formed a new band after they've both been in the now disbanded "OREGON". Pete is the current keyboard player in the Belgian progressive rock band "GIRRIBIZZI" and Jaro is handling the bass in a local cover band. Soon Gino Bartolini and Charles Sla came on board. QUANTUM FANTAY plays a kind of music they like to describe as liquid space rock. If this discription sounds unfamiliar maybe the name of OZRIC TENTACLES does ring a bell. But QF is a lot more than just a clone of OZRIC. Their music is sounding like a mixture of progressive rock, electronic music, groove, world music and most of all psychedelic rock, it also contains elements of reggae and dub.

Their first and only album "Agapanthusterra" is full of instrumental music, sometimes lush and cosmic, on other moments space rocking like Hawkwind. The variety of influences and calm and up-tempo section is fascinating from start to finish. Their sound is full of different instruments and sound effects although the keyboards are an substantial part of it. There's a notably science fiction feel to the instrumental music which also has some noticeable prog elements especially in guitar and keyboard parts. Extremely recommended !

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3.57 | 58 ratings
Agapanthusterra
2005
3.97 | 93 ratings
Ugisiunsi
2007
3.02 | 46 ratings
Kaleidothrope
2009
3.96 | 103 ratings
Bridges of Kukuriku
2010
3.90 | 96 ratings
Terragaia
2014
3.84 | 34 ratings
Dancing in Limbo
2015
4.13 | 29 ratings
Tessellation of Euclidean Space
2017

QUANTUM FANTAY Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.36 | 14 ratings
From Herzberg to Livingroom
2007
3.98 | 19 ratings
Bridges Of The Old Fishingmine
2011

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 Tessellation of Euclidean Space by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.13 | 29 ratings

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Tessellation of Euclidean Space
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Belgian band QUANTUM FANTAY has a history that go back more than a decade, and have steadily released studio albums from 2005 and onwards. A grand total of seven studio albums have been produced over the years. "Tessellation of Euclidean Space" is the most recent of these, and was released in the summer of 2017 through German label Progressive Promotion Records.

Instrumental space rock with a liberal array of sounds and effects is what Quantum Fantay provides, yet again. An instrumental, cosmic journey, with a slight taste of the exotic and arguably even jazz tossed in here and there. Music very much of the Ozric Tentacles variety, but as far as such ventures goes this is a quality one, an elegant, swirling cosmic journey for travels of the outer and the inner space. Obviously an album I have noted down as a merited check by anyone with an interest in the aforementioned Ozrics and bands of a similar kind.

 Tessellation of Euclidean Space by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.13 | 29 ratings

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Tessellation of Euclidean Space
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Nikols

5 stars And again the Belgian wizards of the cosmic delight of progressive rock music. "Tessellation of Euclidean Space" is the seventh Studio album, QUANTUM FANTAY. And, in my opinion, this is one of the best, and perhaps best, at this point, the work of the group. The Belgians quite often compared to the British band OZRIC TENTACLES, whose influence is certainly felt in the works of the group of QUANTUM FANTAY. However, in my opinion, QUANTUM FANTAY more accentuated melodic components of their compositions, and the compositions more elaborate structurally . It's a good feeling when listening to the new album of the Belgians. The album is very solid, listened with interest, air flute pleasing to the ear. In General, I like the alternation of the solo parties of the guitar, synth and flute in their works. And well pleased with the undertaking of recording a guest musician, which is adorned with some moments of playing the saxophone. So, the new album, QUANTUM FANTAY was very successful.

Recommend it to all fans of instrumental progressive space rock!

 Tessellation of Euclidean Space by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.13 | 29 ratings

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Tessellation of Euclidean Space
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars

This really is a band that wants to both stay true to its roots and progress at the same time, so for 2017 the band has expanded from a four-piece with guests to a six-piece working on their own. No more using a guest flautist, as Jorinde has joined as a full member, as has Nette Willox who brings in saxophone and vocals. Don't worry, they haven't suddenly turned into a band with a lead singer, the vocals are just another effect they use when the time is right as opposed to now being a band providing backing music. They are still very influenced by Ozrics, but they have started to expand away from the core sound, especially with the use of the saxophone. In many ways, they have turned up the complexity with a great deal of layering within the sounds, and have also gone back to a more normal format of songwriting as opposed to the experimentation that existed on the previous album.

Although each of the three albums are quite similar in many ways, they know what people expect from them and are going to continue to keep delivering it, they also know that they need to move on to succeed and thrive and that is very much the case with this one. It is the strongest album of theirs that I have heard to date, and I am starting to realise that I need to go back in time and listen to their very first ones, as so far everything I have heard from the Belgians has impressed me immensely.

 Dancing in Limbo by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.84 | 34 ratings

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Dancing in Limbo
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars

Quantum Fantay's 2015 album was interesting in quite a few respects. Firstly, they had a new guitarist in Tom Tas, and secondly, they had used more guest musicians than previously, one of whom was Ed Wynne! Given that these guys have been more than a little influenced by the mighty Ozrics that is a huge compliment to what they are doing. Lastly, instead of a series of songs of different lengths we are this time treated to four songs that are all basically 11:15 long. I hate to think just how many albums I have listened to over the years, but I am sure that is a first for me, as bands tend to have the songs as long as they need to be as opposed to attempting to keep them to a particular length (apart from the old days when they had to be three minutes or less to be played on the radio).

This album takes a more direct approach than the previous one, with a more rock approach and less folk, but still with plenty of swirling keyboards and space rock stylings. Its straightforward approach means that this is instantly appealing, and there is less thinking to do with this music, just let your ears open up and then drown in the sensations. Yet again this is indispensable for anyone into space rock in general and the Ozrics in particular.

 Terragaia by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.90 | 96 ratings

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Terragaia
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars

By the time I came across this Belgian band they had already released four studio and two live albums prior to 'Terragaia', which came out in 2014. I was a little surprised that they managed to escape my attention for so long as these guys have been heavily influenced by one genre in particular, and one band especially, the mighty Ozric Tentacles. Given just how long the Ozrics have been around, perhaps it is surprising that there aren't more bands that have decided to create their own version of a sound which is instantly recognisable. They aren't mere copyists though, and have brought in some more ethnic and folk elements, particularly on songs such as "Azu Kn Dk Lep" which contains some wonderful tribal drumming combining with clear guitar lines.

There is an energy and passion contained within the music, and the listener is soon transported into a magical world where woodwind, keyboards, guitars and drums combine to create something that is very special indeed

 Dancing in Limbo by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.84 | 34 ratings

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Dancing in Limbo
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Formed in Belgium, colourful and dynamic psych/space-rockers Quantum Fantay have been playing their mix of instrumental prog, psychedelic and electronic rock with ethnic flavours and eclectic textures for over a decade now. Very much influenced by the Ozric Tentacles (with just a little pinch of Hawkwind) and comparable to other modern groups such as Mantric Muse, Hidria Spacefolk and Korai Orom, `Dancing in Limbo' is their sixth studio album that sees the group experimenting with consistently longer pieces for the first time, the four works on offer each running just over eleven minutes each for a welcome vinyl-length disc.

Truthfully the lengthier workouts here are really just made up of the little fragments that dart in all directions the band usually offers, but here they weave from one through the other with a cohesion and perfect sense of flow that means the longer twists and turns are a natural extension for the band. Far from being a mere clone band of the Ozrics that the group is sometimes dismissed as being, Quantum Fantay isn't adverse to including symphonic passages, heavier blasts and darker, more dramatic moods here as well, directions never really explored by `that other band'!

But nonetheless, opener `Nimbo' is easily the most overtly Ozrics-flavoured moment with plenty of looping electronic trickles, bubbling liquid synth gurgles, gentle flute drifts, up-tempo driving guitar alongside fiery drum bursts and skittering ska saunters all heading in a dozen directions. Ironically, Ed Wynne of the Ozric Tentacles guests on the second track `Rimbo', offering his usual phasing electric guitar soloing and some choice glissando moments, but the piece diverts quite significantly from the template of that group. A bombastic symphonic theme drifts in and out of the piece soaring over gliding synth breezes, and a foot-tapping beat charging the piece ever forwards brings endless empowering strength to the tune, with an addictive and dreamy middle-eastern flecked finale over dancing chiming keys.

Frequently victorious themes drift in and out of the up-tempo and propulsive `Cacimbo', a gutsy piece full of constant stomping momentum, overloaded with mysterious and pretty synth trills, sweetly pulsing bass, fiery electric guitar with some lovely reverberating fuzzy distorted delay and heavy grunting bursts, reflective gentle flute tranquillity and sly reggae ventures all thrown into the psychedelic stew. Closer `Limbo' is more of a slow-build, synths rising with a dramatic symphonic, almost orchestral grandiosity over dusty eastern textures grafted to the twisting guitar bite, drifting flute and an abundance of fizzing electronic breakdowns.

Quantum Fantay deliver exciting instrumental space-rock, always unpredictable and exotic, full of colour and energy whilst remaining endlessly melodic, and `Dancing in Limbo' is their strongest album to date.

Four stars.

 Dancing in Limbo by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.84 | 34 ratings

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Dancing in Limbo
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Belgian band QUANTUM FANTAY was formed in 2004 by Pete Mush and Jaro, and has been an active band unit ever since. They released their debut album in 2005, and since then, half a dozen studio albums and a couple of live albums have appeared. "Dancing in Limbo" is their latest studio album, released in the fall of 2015 by the German label Progressive Promotion Records.

Instrumental space rock with a strong feeling of improvised features and a liberal array of nods towards musical styles outside of the purebred progressive rock spectrum is what Quantum Fantay provides us on their latest CD "Dancing in Limbo". They draw upon the legacy and foundation established by Ozric Tentacles in a compelling and rather appealing manner, and come across as a band that should have a strong appeal among those who treasure the sound of the Ozrics and other artists exploring similar and related musical territories first and foremost.

 Dancing in Limbo by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.84 | 34 ratings

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Dancing in Limbo
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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3 stars QUANTUM FANTAY are dancing in limbo right here while playing with track names respectively times en passant. Whereas the limbo bar is lowered during the course, something quite essential in order to keep things in suspense, the track lengths are slightly increasing though - for one second again and again exactly. Well, this smells like a concept. Concerning the line-up there's a minor change to state on guitar, yet Tom Tas is aboard, substituting Dario Frodo, who at least guests on one track though.

QUANTUM FANTAY surely are a flagship when it comes to groovy space rock music, Pete Mush's synthesizer work comes exemplary overall. And, yeah, Ed Wynne is involved here too, which vehemently points to the album's musical essence. Therefore this album is made of spacey stuff as usual, in the vein of Ozric Tentacles, Mantric Muse, Tidal Flood, Hidria Spacefolk and similar. A proper formula indeed, designated band fans will be delighted again, also since Sla (Karel Slabbaert) is one of the party once more with his flute.

Where the last three album songs are more from a decent attitude, the opener Nimbo immediately hit me like a storm. Probably the most inspired song I've heard from them by now. Due to what? ... eh, maybe it's the constantly alternating tempo and mood, or just also taking the dub drenched parts into account, alternatively the magnificent rhythm as well as soloing guitar. A perfect tune they can be proud of. Would be nice to know which band member finally could limbo under the bar at best.

 Dancing in Limbo by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.84 | 34 ratings

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Dancing in Limbo
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars I haven't really followed Quantum Fantay. I do have Agapanthusterra which is their debut, which I felt was a rather good space rock album even if it didn't sounded like they added anything new to the table I hadn't heard from such bands as Ozric Tentacles. Ten years later, several more albums and now comes Dancing in Limbo. I don't know if this was done on purpose or not, but this album has just four cuts all around the 11:13 minute mark. I love their play on "Limbo", the songs are "Nimbo", "Rimbo" (reminds me how a Japanese person who have troubles with the English "L" might say "Limbo"), "Cacimbo", and of course "Limbo". The band had a lineup change, and for a guest, they get none other than Ozrics Ed Wynne. There's no denying that's his guitar playing on "Rimbo"! This coming on the heels of Technicians of the Sacred, which I felt is the best thing the Ozrics done since John was still in the band (not to say all the albums from Spirals in Hyperspace to Paper Monkeys are bad, far from it). The music is that wonderful brand of space rock that groups like Ozrics, Tidal Flood, Hidria Spacefolk, Korai Orom, and Mantric Muse have done so well. Lots of nice guitar and synth work, as well as flute playing that brings to mind John Egan. There's really no picking a highlight, although hearing both of these CDs I have so far, I don't believe Quantum Fantay is bringing anything new to the space rock table, but on the other hand, as long as they do it well, I have nothing to gripe. It's like saying Starcastle in the late '70s gave us nothing new to the prog table, pretty much copying what Yes had done, but again, since they did it well, I had nothing to complain about. I love how Dancing in Limbo only consisted of four 11 minute piece keeping the album just a little over 40 minutes so this never got to overstay its welcome. I'm loving this trend of bands keeping it around 40 minutes, like a 1970s LPs, as too many 70 minute plus CDs of material (much of it not warranting that length) can try on your patience (it gives you plenty of reminders that double albums in the 1970s were the exception, so when they did appear, they had to be good, like The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Tommy, The Wall, you name it, else people wouldn't have bought them). Dancing in Limbo is a nice album to have for those who love Ozric style space rock, and to have Ed on board certainly helps.
 Ugisiunsi by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.97 | 93 ratings

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Ugisiunsi
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars ''Agapanthusterra'' was warmly received by the press and opened the doors of European stages for Quantum Fantay, the band visited Germany (playing at the Burg Herzberg Festival), Holland, Luxembourg, Switzerland and UK among other countries.The rise of the band and the heavy schedule were enough reasons for Dario Frodo and Pete Mush (unlike Gino Bartolini) to quit from their duties with Ghiribizzi.In 2007 the band returned to the studio to record the follow-up album ''Ugisiunsi'', released independently.

The new album sounds a lot like the previous one, I just hear some sort of a deeper ethnic influence in sporadic parts and especially during the flute lines of Charles Sla, which now have obtained a slight Middle-Eastern/Arabian feel.Otherwise this is again a nice and personal proposal on jamming and marching Space Rock with lots of electronics, some cosmic explorations and plenty of fiery grooves with a reckless rhythm section and some pounding guitar riffs.Quantum Fantay re-introduce themselves as a great instrumental group, their music sound deeply spacious, but among the more atmospheric and cinematic edges they are pretty willing to thrown in some playful keyboard tricks and more ''conventional'' stuff, closer to modern Prog.And while this is certainly a 100% Space Rock album, you can hear discreet influences from Neo/Symphonic Prog, guitar-led Fusion and Electronic Music throughout.Really intelligent group.OZRIC TENTACLES are again the closest comparison, maybe this one sounds a tad more genuine, the material is keyboard- or guitar-driven depending on the track, featuring great solos and jams and is definitely highlighted by a gifted flutist and his jawdropping entries within the pieces.

Space-oriented Prog, which can be neurotic, free-minded, powerful and ethereal.While I am not the ultimate fan of the style, I guarantee you that these guys can rock at moments and at the same time explore the principles of cosmic/cinematic music with comfort.Warmly recommended...3.5 stars.

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