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ANALOG MISSIONARY

Crossover Prog • United States


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ANALOG MISSIONARY is an art rock band from Alabama/USA formed in 1998 and provided with a remarkable female vocalist named Anstrom. Her emotional and atmospheric contributions, based on a rich and sensitive voice, are remembering at Kate Bush and Tori Amos sometimes. The band is also consisting of Tony Novak (bass, keyboards), Mark Christianson aka M (drums) and Kevin Kaiser (guitar).

The musical influences are diverse which can be noticed by listening to 'Transmitter'. Released in 2002 their first full album is available via download services like CD Baby so far. Heavy rocking parts are alternating with sensitive mellow sections and even trip hop/world music/ambient leanings which brings a special elegance and charm to their music.

Additionally ANALOG MISSIONARY's live performances are often provided with a set of middle-eastern music and belly dancing. The video of the opener 'Lilith' won the 'Best Music Video' award in 2003 at the UNA Film Festival. The band is also utilizing a quite extraordinary instrumentation like theremin, chapman stick, dumbek, banjitar and Chistianson is using a hybrid electronic/acoustic drum kit.

2004 the soundtrack album 'Voyage Of The Demeter' followed, based on the silent film classic 'Nosferatu' from 1920 with more songs in a cinematic ambient mood. This confirms that ANALOG MISSIONARY is capable of performing a wide range of music styles - less sharp-edged, more sophisticated and worth a listen.

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3.68 | 3 ratings
Transmitter
2002
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Voyage Of The Demeter
2004

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3.68 | 3 ratings

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Review by rpmartino

5 stars This unheralded gem is one of my favorite albums of the decade. Stunning melodies and intricate production (which the band did themselves), I found a freshness and sincerity to this music that I wasn't hearing with some of the more well known prog/art rock bands of the time. The music has a powerful emotional impact and perhaps you'll hear bits of Rush, Marillion, U2, and Tori Amos (among other influences) in there. I stumbled across this band on MySpace and their music just came out of nowhere and make a huge impact on me. Perhaps they don't fall neatly into the "prog" category, but regardless, it's an impressive collection of well-crated, art rock songs.

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 Transmitter by ANALOG MISSIONARY album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.68 | 3 ratings

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Review by Rivertree
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3 stars Here we have the debut of an Alabama based band which has a lot to offer. First of all female vocalist Anstrom is to mention, not only an eye catcher but also provided with a sensitive and emotional voice which remembers me at Kate Bush sometimes. Her abilities are rounded up with the use of the mysterious theremin and belly dancing (mainly interesting for the live performances of course). Tony Novak plays the conventional bass instrument but is also a master of the chapman stick and Kevin Kaiser knows to handle such an atypical guitar like the banjitar.

So it's not a problem to realize that this band is influenced by diverse music styles. Besides the regular rocking elements their songs are combined with some trip hop, ambient and even a lot of psychedelic guitar contributions. The video version of the opener Lilith reaped an award in 2003. Four minutes in a trippy mood with adept bass and interesting electronic drum work - excellent one!

The following songs are solid, headed by Anstrom's vocals - somewhat balladesque and floating with ambient key patterns in the background similar to the band 'All About Eve' but also equipped with heavier moments. The long track Dirty Road is outstanding offering a complex well-performing structure, provided with some kind of magical vocals plus jamming moments and convincing guitar work - definetely another album highlight for me. The melancholic Signals is opening the album showdown, immediately followed by the heavy rocking killer song Transmitter with an excellent drive, a memorable refrain and a psychedelic touch once more brought up by Kevin Kaiser's guitar.

A good listenable album in the whole and I recommend to check it out ...

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