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MOON SAFARI

Symphonic Prog • Sweden


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Founded in Skellefteċ, Sweden in 2003

MOON SAFARI started as a figment of our imagination in the late twentieth century. Realized in 2003, we are now casting our first progressive pie of epic proportions, "A Doorway To Summer", into the face of the enlightened world.

Fifteen minutes of rehearsal on a dark February night was all it took to make us feel warm and summery inside. So the following month we entered the local recording facilities in Skelleftea, a small stretch of shoreline in the north of Sweden, and begun scribbling down the blueprint for what would later become a doorway to summer.

The four-track demo recorded that spring was send to Mr Tomas Bodin of the FLOWER KINGS. Our star-struck attitude must have been the convincing factor as he happily agreed to make the long journey north to mix and master the demo in the summer of 2003. The outcome of the collaboration, resulting in great versions of "Doorway" and the booming "Lovely rain", pleased both parties and it was decided then and there that we would record an album, with Tomas himself playing the role of producer.

The band immediately began to gain followers in 2005 with the debut album "A Doorway To Summer." Their ambitions grew with the follow up double album, which included their first epic. As the music evolves MOON SAFARI changes but always maintains their vocal harmony laden, melodic approach to modern Symphonic Prog.

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3.59 | 231 ratings
A Doorway To Summer
2005
4.14 | 519 ratings
Blomljud
2008
3.88 | 438 ratings
Lover's End
2010
3.92 | 328 ratings
Himlabacken Vol. 1
2013

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4.54 | 109 ratings
The Gettysburg Address
2012
4.02 | 25 ratings
Live In Mexico
2014

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4.65 | 141 ratings
Lover's End Pt. III: Skellefteċ Serenade
2012
4.89 | 9 ratings
The Lover's End Trilogy
2012

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 Lover's End Pt. III: Skellefteċ Serenade by MOON SAFARI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
4.65 | 141 ratings

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Lover's End Pt. III: Skellefteċ Serenade
Moon Safari Symphonic Prog

Review by Gorgut Muncher

3 stars The first thing that shocked me about this album was its rating. 79% 5 stars is absolutely ridiculous. While I don't think this is the best prog EP of all time like this site says, it's without a doubt one of the best modern prog epics I have EVER heard. It's beautiful, it's charming, it's positive, it's gentle and sweet. The whole song has a very nostalgic feel that makes you imagine yourself at the end of a great and long adventure, filled with satisfaction. Main influences would be The Flower Kings and Neal Morse, but this is unsurprisingly better than anything those artists have made.

It is truly a landmark of symphonic prog and it's definitely essential to every prog collection. Loved every second of it. Five Stars.

 Lover's End by MOON SAFARI album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.88 | 438 ratings

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Lover's End
Moon Safari Symphonic Prog

Review by jasper

5 stars An absolutely beautiful masterpiece of modern prog. The first song I heard from Moon Safari was A Kid Called Panic, the second track on this album. I was immediately struck by its theatrical, anthemic nature, and hard-hitting lyrics, accompanied by gorgeous piano riffs and vocal harmonies. Clocking in at just under 14 minutes, A Kid Called Panic is the longest song on Lover's End, but despite its significant length it still left me wanting to hear more, so I was inspired to give a listen to the rest of the album. I am so glad that I did. The piano intro of the album's first track, Lover's End Part 1, feels like the overture of a musical, syncing well with the theatrical energy that drew me into A Kid Called Panic. The song is clearly destined to be at the beginning of the album. It's a strong set-up, successful at drawing you into the wistful universe that the record resides in. The instrumental outro transitions seamlessly into A Kid Called Panic, which despite its beautifully depressing content, is where the energy of the album begins to rise. This energy peaks with a key change at the end of the song, and culminates like an exhale into the calming acapella of the beginning of track three, Southern Belle. The harmonies in Southern Belle evoke the melancholic side of the Beach Boys, with a modern twist. This track is the second-shortest on the album, but is able to pack an unexpected amount of emotion into its small package. Tracks four through six (The World's Best Dreamers, New York City Summergirl, and Heartland) have always felt like the weakest on the album to me, but that doesn't mean they're bad at all. Rather, it speaks to the strength of the other songs. In terms of the contour of the album, the energy picks up across this set of songs, providing a nice reprieve from the heaviness that much of Lover's End contains. Much like the first two songs on the album, the last two tracks functionally feel like a pair to me. Crossed the Rubicon is both the second-last and second-longest on the album, and functionally serves as a climactic point. With this track, Moon Safari continues to provide an astounding sense of contour and story. Crossed the Rubicon is shaped in a way that keeps your interest across its nearly 10 minute length, working together with confessional, turning-point lyrics, lush instrumentals, and the group's signature harmonies to form the powerful climax Lover's End deserves. The album wraps up with a bittersweet 2 minute outro track named Lover's End Part 2. Staying true to the wistful feelings established throughout the record, Lover's End Part 2 beautifully concludes the album that drew me into the magical world of Moon Safari. I would recommend this album to both prog listeners and non-prog listeners alike, because not only is it tastefully musically complex and thoughtfully constructed, its also ridiculously pretty.
 Blomljud by MOON SAFARI album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.14 | 519 ratings

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Blomljud
Moon Safari Symphonic Prog

Review by Abandoner135

5 stars Blomljud, officially stylized as [blomljud], the 2008 second album by Swedish progressive rockers Moon Safari, is an album sure to satiate the palate of progressive music fans looking for a modern band that uses influences from the genre's classic era whilst also forging a truly unique piece of work. Although taking influence from Genesis, Yes, The Moody Blues, and even the Beach Boys, Blomljud thankfully never stumbles over itself to become a mere carbon-copy of its forefathers. Instead, the band use these predecessors as a mere "rough sketch", or inspiration, for the music herein. Petter Sandström and Simon Ċkesson are credited as the main songwriters on the album and they enlist a host of musicians to flesh out their vision on Blomljud. The vocals (sung entirely in English) are uplifting and brimming with positivity, and the band use their Beach Boys-esque harmonies to create a rich and welcoming vibe. Several of the members take on vocal duties and this gives a nice variety to Blomljud. The entire album feels sunny and summery, which makes perfect sense considering its title translates to "flower sound" in English. This is no Van der Graaf Generator or King Crimson record, and never reaches the extreme dark corners of music that those artists typically delve into. In terms of instrumentation, there are lots of plucky acoustic guitars, rich keys/synth, a few overdriven electric guitar lead lines and flourishes, and some especially solid backing instruments including drums, bass, and various percussion. The instrumental highlights on Blomljud are absolutely the abundant and multi-layered guitar work and the hauntingly beautiful keyboards. The acoustic guitar is particularly reminiscent of Steve Hackett/Mike Rutherford/Anthony Phillips on the classic '70s Genesis albums. These are terrifically competent musicians but, admiringly, they never feel the need to overstay their welcome or show off for the sake of stealing the limelight. Perhaps the biggest strength of the album is that it never starts to creep into boring or unnecessary territory, despite Blomljud's lofty runtime (104 minutes). Each note and segment are carefully composed and have a reason for existing amongst the subtext of each track, even on the album's epic, the nearly 32-minute, "Other Half of the Sky", which effectively leaps and weaves through countless segments and moods like a modern-day "Supper's Ready". Overall, this is a fantastic record worthy of being deemed a classic amongst progressive music. The adept instrumentation, lavish vocals and sheer composition skills of Moon Safari on Blomljud are incredibly impressive and showcase their distinct strengths as a cohesive unit. Don't be put off by the length of this album--it's so strong that it never truly seems as long as it is and will most definitely warrant repeat listens. Strongly recommended for fans of Genesis, Yes, Styx, the Beatles and the Beach Boys.
 A Doorway To Summer by MOON SAFARI album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.59 | 231 ratings

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A Doorway To Summer
Moon Safari Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars Every since progressive rock gestated into its own distinct genre in the 1960s very few attributes have maintained it as a unified genre with a few exceptions like time signature complexities, extended playing times and oft convoluted thematic developments but it seems that another attribute would be that prog tends to dwell in darker places and is the antithesis to the chipper happy vibes of the much simpler pop world. Despite prog tending to lurk in the shadows though there is no hard and fast rule that it be the case so it often comes as a surprise when a band chooses to take the characteristics of prog and fuse them into the prog equivalent of sunshine pop and perhaps no band has done it quite so successfully as Sweden's MOON SAFARI.

This band that formed in Skelleteċ in 2003 caught the prog world's attention with its debut A DOORWAY TO SUMMER which doubled down on the symphonic prog sounds of classic Genesis, Yes, Camel along with more eclectic values from Gentle Giant as well as some of the crossover features of bands like Styx and Saga. Founded by keyboardist and singer Simon Ċkesson, guitarist / singer Petter Sandström, bassist Johan Westerlund, guitarist Anthon Johansson and drummer Tobias Lundgren, the band was lucky enough to catch the attention of keyboardist Tomas Bodin of The Flower Kings who would end up producing this debut album which saw the dawn of what i often deem the sunshine prog movement of the 21st century, a style of warm, uplifting and even sappy prog that would inspire bands like Big Big Train and other pop infused crossover prog bands that love to bathe in mellotron symphonies.

Although MOON SAFARI's music offered diverse styles on A DOORWAY TO SUMMER there are a few underlying characteristics. Firstly the extensive use of lush acoustic guitars, keyboard and mellotron rich soundscapes that offer silky smooth backdrops for the compositional structures that alternate in happy major chords with just a touch of minor additions for contrast's sake but mostly what makes MOON SAFARI stand out are the intricate five part vocal harmonizations that fit somewhere between the pure pop of The Beatles and the more eclectic avant-garde workouts of Gentle Giant. It goes without saying that the emphasis of MOON SAFARI's approach is to craft instantly infectious melodies that excel in crafting a nice magazine cover beach house listening experience that would provide the perfect soundtrack for the more adventurous Airbnb crowds.

Somehow eschewing from falling into the world of neo-prog, MOON SAFARI sounds as much contemporary folk as it does symphonic prog with slow dreamy acoustic guitar strum sessions punctuated by crafty synthesized cloud covers and soaring emotive electric guitar works that evoke the likes of IQ, Arena and other neo-prog artists but never quite fall into that camp. A touch of harmonica adds an oft missing aspect in prog and that's a more intimate feel that evokes some of the characteristics of busking blues artists on the side of subway station entryways. This is music that is designed to push all the happy triggers with sing-along lyrics in extremely complex harmonic arrangements. For those who are adverse to the epitome of vocal sappiness, this will make you scurry into the dark like a cockroach once the lights come on. For those who can handle the musical equivalent of prozac, this stuff is for you!

While i usually prefer my happy music in the world of pop with 60s bands like The Turtles, The Beach Boys or even The Mamas & The Papas, i have to admit that when a band pulls off an album of this sort that works on every level i simply can't dismiss it because it's too cheerful. The songs may have irresistible endorphin emitting melodies that take you to some Kumbaya happiness camp but it's hard to not be impressed by the beautiful composiitons steeped in heavy prog workouts and those extraordinarily precise and emotive vocal harmonies that raise the whole thing to an entirely different level of musical aptitude. What sounds like a recipe for disaster in writing actually is pulled off quite well as the variations of piano rolls, dramatic organ runs and alterations between lush pastoral sequences and more heavy rock outbursts provide an hour's worth of thoroughly entertaining prog workouts. While the band is most famous for the following "[blomljud]," this debut A DOORWAY TO SUMMER does indeed provide the most gleeful musical expressions of escaping the long Swedish winters and entering a happy world in full bloom where even the wildlife is dancing like they were in "The Sound of Music."

 Blomljud by MOON SAFARI album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.14 | 519 ratings

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Blomljud
Moon Safari Symphonic Prog

Review by patrickq
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Blomljud is an album which wears its influences on its proverbial sleeve, namely Genesis and Yes. But below the surface is a debt to the baroque soft rock of the 1970s and early 1980s, so alongside the soaring indulgences of symphonic prog, Blomljud includes innumerable nods to the California sound, to Brian Wilson, the Association, the Carpenters, Ambrosia, and many more. The guitar solos echo Steve Hackett and Steve Howe, but Steve Lukather as well. And there are even down-to-earth lyrics (a bit too down-to-earth in some cases; e.g., "hey pretty baby, it's gonna be alright," which admittedly sounds better in context).

You will not mistake Blomljud for the Beach Boys - - not even the multi-layered vocal sections - - yet for all of the complaints about Genesis and Yes "going pop" or "selling out" in the 1980s, there's more pop sensibility on Blomljud than on 90125 or even Invisible Touch. And it's nicely integrated across what is otherwise very clearly a neo-prog record.

But this brings up two substantial shortcomings of the album. First of all, it's a hundred minutes long, which is why there's so much room to integrate all of that sunshiny goodness. There's plenty of quality material here, but not a hundred minutes' worth. So there's a fair amount of repetition and elongation, which waters down the proceedings. Secondly, there's the neo-prog thing: Moon Safari slips into the clichés of "golden era" prog-rock too often for my taste. I love the analog synth patches, the time signatures, the bass-drumkit interplay - - all of it - - but while it doesn't come across as perfunctory, it strikes me as obligatory, which I regard as regrettable given the tremendous talent at work here.

However, be this hero-worship, it's creative hero-worship. There are more then a few unique and oddball moments on Blomljud which remind the listener that this isn't your average bunch of wannabe proggers; these are not only musicians, but evidently, students of music as well. And they sound like they're having a lot of fun.

Blomljud is a sprawling affair which might've benefited from an outside producer. On the other hand, it may be a necessary, warts-and-all stage in this band's development.

 Blomljud by MOON SAFARI album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.14 | 519 ratings

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Blomljud
Moon Safari Symphonic Prog

Review by Saschasushi

5 stars So this will be my first review on this site. And I think it is only logical to begin writing reviews with the album that brought me closer (from the classical and jazz environment) to the progressive rock/metal genre.

Little disclaimer: I may be influenced by personal experiences while I review "Blomljud" as this was one of the albums that my father (a prog fan since the early times; I'm speaking of Genesis, Yes, Marillion,...) used to listen to in the car over and over again.

Enough stories. Let us now dive into the fairy tale called "Blomljud" by the Swedish Symphonic Prog band Moon Safari! The production starts off with a beautiful A Cappella intro where Moon Safari show what they can musically achieve with their voices alone: sheer magic!

From this point onwards, there is no stopping me from listening to the whole album. One is instantly "trapped" in this everlasting beam of pure happiness. Moon Safari is capable of producing music that has this ubiquitous upbeat musical character that I really enjoy listening to. Some works are songs, some are epics, but even the longest tracks like "Other Half of the Sky" just feel like being one (big) part of a musical path you are lucky to cross.

After rediscovering Moon Safari and a few months time to digest it, I was able to dive deeper into Prog: Haken, IQ, Dream Theater, Opeth, Yes, Genesis, Karfagen, TNNE and many more followed. But this album was one of the foundation bricks to my personal and musical development. This and its brilliant music award it the 5-star rating in my eyes!

 Lover's End Pt. III: Skellefteċ Serenade by MOON SAFARI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
4.65 | 141 ratings

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Lover's End Pt. III: Skellefteċ Serenade
Moon Safari Symphonic Prog

Review by Cylli Kat (0fficial)

5 stars I'm having no luck at retrieving my former Cylli Kat account. So, I'm posting a few of my old reviews, Hope this is okay with everyone. Originally posted 2012-9-15 with some edits added.

And, continuing in my clearly established vein of poorly written reviews:

This band and song might not be to everyone's taste; but I think that this is really an exceptional release. - This song just flows beautifully; there does not seem to be anything forced about it at all. The arrangement is fantastic, the playing is flawless and the lead and harmony vocals and melody lines are wonderful!

This is the PERFECT 25 minute long "pop song" with all the prog you could want!

Initially I got the original Lover's End album when I was in the wrong "head-space" for it , and kind of missed out on how good the album is. But thanks to the tip of fellow progger and reviewer dhsuhaka to check this out on progstreaming, I'm really coming to appreciate this record (and its precursor) quite a lot.

With part III, I'm sometimes reminded (just a touch) of the Dream Academy, A.C.T, Brighteye Brison, Neal Morse/Transatlantic, etc. But make no mistake; this is Moon Safari through and through and this song certainly stands on its own merit.

This is the recapitulation and expansion of the themes originated on the original album brought masterfully to their fruition and conclusion.

My advice: Since you can go to progstreaming and check it out for yourself, you have nothing to lose by giving this song a "test-drive"!!! (Not sure if this is still valid in 2018)

You just might be as pleasantly surprised as I was!!!

4.7 to maybe 5 stars - I'm going to round up for this one. (Hey, it might not be "Close to the Edge", but it certainly kept my attention and made me smile!)

Grace and peace,

Cylli Kat

 Live In Mexico by MOON SAFARI album cover Live, 2014
4.02 | 25 ratings

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Live In Mexico
Moon Safari Symphonic Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Their better live album.

With better sound quality, more consistent songs, and a more precise performance, this is actually the better Moon Safari live album to listen to all the way through. I am not sure if they recorded additional vocals in the studio, or modified the live vocals in some way, but they are perfectly in tune, cleanly recorded, and lush on this album, whereas on "Gettysburg Address" they are rougher around the edges. The band seems better practiced too. But most importantly, all the songs on this album are listenable. While there are no tracks here quite as musical as the two best on 'Gettysburg' ("Moonwalk" and "Other Half of the Sky"), thankfully on this one they left out (most of) the cheese and this album better showcases Moon Safari's song-writing skills. On this album the weakest tracks are actually the two that also appear on the 'Gettysburg Address' live album: "A Kid Called Panic" and "Heartland". Although it seems these are two of the band's own favourites, they are the ones here with more hints of cheese and in fact they are musically shown the door by the rest of the material. "Too Young to Say Goodbye", the opening track, is very well done, with some very nice harmony vocals that thankfully just avoids the cheese, even if it is very light. Moon Safari's vocals at times remind one of the Beach Boys, and their lyrics are often about relationships too, which presents an interesting contrast with the complex, extended and sometimes darker musical tonalities. "Barfly" is an example of this, with tri-tone progressions with dark overtones contrasting with the lighter sing-along lyrics. "Mega Moon" has some great harmony vocals, those tendency to veer into cheese territory is saved by the quality of the harmonies and the underlying musicality. The second disc is even better, albeit shorter. "Crossed the Rubicon" competes for the best track on this album with the long epic that closes it "Lover's End". Both are very musical, with great extended sections. Leaving out 'Kid Called Panic' and 'Heartland' still leaves an album of almost 70 minutes of decent music. The only annoying thing is the banter that the band provides between tracks - I guess they can't help but be a bit cheesy there (same goes for the banter on 'Gettysburg Address'). But on the whole, this is the higher-quality live release. I give this 7.9 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is just enough to garner 4 PA stars.

 The Gettysburg Address by MOON SAFARI album cover Live, 2012
4.54 | 109 ratings

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The Gettysburg Address
Moon Safari Symphonic Prog

Review by Walkscore

3 stars Some great tracks, but sometimes veering into cheese...

So many great bands from Sweden. Moon Safari play a vocal-oriented contemporary progressive rock. Some of their tunes are short, close to radio-play length, while many others are extended with multiple parts and lots of dynamics, and a few others are full-length epics. While they have a couple of instrumentals, in most cases the tunes are structured around the vocals and lyrics, often with sing- songy vocal harmonies. Musically, they share some occasional similarities with bands like the Flower Kings (among my favourite contemporary SP bands), Spock's Beard, and the like. However, Moon Safari effuse a more sunny and light-hearted outlook. I started listening to Moon Safari with this album, partially due to the very high reviews it garnered and partially to hear a good sampling of their sound, and this led me to get the rest of their catalogue. Despite this representing well the kinds of music they do, I don't actually think this live gig is the best reflection of their skills. While they largely play the tunes like the studio albums, and the guitar and keyboard solos are very good, the vocal harmonies on a number of the tunes can't match the studio versions, and there are a few places where the timing of the drum fills and transitions also leaves the music a bit rougher than the studio versions. In fact, I think their second live album "Live in Mexico" is overall played better. My other criticism concerns their choices here. For me, there are really two stand-out tracks on this album: the opening and closing tracks. The opener, "Moonwalk", is fantastic, highly musical, and the only instrumental on this album - a joy. The closer, the 31-minute epic "Other Half of the Sky", meanwhile, is the best song of their catalogue (in my opinion), with multiple sections, lots of dynamics, and some great musical sections. Really excellent, very musical. However, the tracks in the middle are not so musical. Moon Safari's singing and lyrics have a tendency to veer into cheesy territory, often upheld by overly light and commercial-sounding chord progressions. "The World's Best Dreamers", "Dance Across the Ocean" and "New York City Summergirl" are the foremost examples of this here (even at times cringe-worthy), but to be honest the affliction also affects many of the other tracks, if with less intensity. Nowadays, when I listen to this album, I only put on the first (opening) and last (closing) tracks, and that's it. The album is worth getting for just these tracks, though - together these two tracks total 42 minutes, which is the equivalent of a full album's worth of great music. If they had just released it as such, I would be tempted to give this almost five stars. But given this is instead a double album, and roughly half the tunes veer into cheesiness, on balance I can only give this one 6.9 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to mid 3 PA stars.

 Blomljud by MOON SAFARI album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.14 | 519 ratings

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Blomljud
Moon Safari Symphonic Prog

Review by stefro
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Modern prog has it's fair share of 'cheesemongers', yet there are few as who are as relentlessly upbeat as Moon Safari.

Hailing from Northern Sweden, this youthful symphonic six-piece first appeared in 2005 with debut album 'A Doorway to Summer', which was produced, mix and mastered by one of the band's own icons, Tomas Bodin of The Flower Kings.

Issued through their own label, the album quickly caught the attention of the prog world, and following several mini-tours and festival appearances the group returned to the studio in 2008, almost three years later, to record this follow-up.

Titled 'Blomljud'(also, incidentally, the name of the band's label), this was considered one of the top prog album's of 2008 by a number of publications and, eleven years and four studio albums later, remains in many people's eyes their definitive work.

Some say they are essentially 'Flower-Kings-lite' - think Druid to the mighty Yes - yet others revel in their unashamedly symphonic glow.

And it's that sort of of record, warm, shiny, all yearning solo's and multiple harmonies, and exactly the kind of prog Roine Stolt has been producing since the 1970's.

But despite a perceived lack of originality, one must give Moon Safari their dues.

'Blomljud' features a rich, multi-layered sound, chiming vocal harmonies and an unshakeable happiness, and exudes the same kind of rose-tinted ambience found in the sun-dappled sixties pop of the Bee Gees and The Beach Boys.

The album's key piece is 'Other Half of the Sky', which the band describe as their first 'true' epic, and at over thirty minutes it certainly is epic.

Split into five different chapters, 'Other Half of the Sky' is both overlong and grandiose, yet it features some wonderful instrumental passages, and even allows the band to rock out with some harder edged guitars and booming percussion. However, much of the half-hour piece is taken up by achingly earnest vocals and gloopy synthesized melodies, and the overall sound isn't helped by a surprisingly thin-sounding production.

The album features two more sizeable epics - the fifteen-minute 'Methuselah's Children' and the near-twelve minute 'Bluebells' - alongside further eight tracks, most of which follow the strong symphonic blueprint.

The major problem, bar the length, is the lack of tone and shade, and the neverending, one-note optimism; the music is rarely anything but positive and shiny, and the lack of counter moods begins to detract from the technical expertise of the band. What made Yes so thrilling was the constant shifting from dark-to-light, and what makes the Flower Kings so are the surprising shifts in mood and tempo.

Both are in short supply on 'Blomljud'.

But there is still much to admire.

Technically, the band are excellent, and despite wrapping everything in a glutinous symphonic sheen, the relentless optimism does shine through. At it's best, like on the epic 'Other Half of the Sky', the music is genuinely inspiring.

A complex and lovingly-crafted slice of keyboard-dominated prog with strong pop-rock and AOR elements, those who have the time, and the stamina, may well adore 'Blomljud', and fans of The Flower Kings, Karmakanic, Yes and Starcastle should seek them out.

The Swedes have excelled at making this kind of prog for a long while now, and despite their flaws one, once again, does give Moon Safari their dues: sickly sweet they my be, but they do it damn well.

STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2016

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