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Crossover Prog • Ukraine


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Founded in Kharkiv, Ukraine in 2008

SUNCHILD is yet another prog project from talented and prolific Ukrainian musician Antony KALUGIN. KALUGIN currently records under three band names, KARFAGEN, HOGGWASH and SUNCHILD. Under the SUNCHILD name, he brought together a plethora of other Ukranian musicians to supplement his impressive keyboard and writing talents. The music is an all out prog feast with many varied tempos and loads of keyboards washing over everything. A wide array of horns and woodwinds are used to great extent as well. KALUGIN does the bulk of the singing (in English) with perhaps a slight accent. He also brings in guest vocalists, both male and female to add even more dimensions to the proceedings. The debut album is a double that features three songs over 16 minutes.

KALUGIN is young (born 11 Feb 1981) but his already wide experience as a professional musician has propelled him to a high place among young artists recording prog today.

biography by John Mattern (johnobvious) with thanks.

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4.03 | 111 ratings
The Gnomon
2008
3.92 | 85 ratings
The Invisible Line
2009
3.93 | 98 ratings
The Wrap
2010
4.09 | 208 ratings
As Far As The Eye Can See
2011
3.88 | 122 ratings
Isolation
2012
3.75 | 54 ratings
Synesthesia
2015
3.98 | 82 ratings
Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time
2018

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

4.57 | 7 ratings
Sunchild with Karfagen and Hoggwash: Live In France 2012
2015

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SUNCHILD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.75 | 4 ratings
Sunchild & Hoggwash: Gnomology
2015

SUNCHILD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.33 | 3 ratings
Glimpse of Love
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
Outer Space
2015

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 The Gnomon by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.03 | 111 ratings

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The Gnomon
Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Antony Kalugin's first album from his Sunchild project is essentially Kalugin and a wide range of guest collaborators taking us on a one and a half hour retro-prog journey, And that's exactly the problem - competently performed as it is, it's got the common problem of all too many 2000s-era retro-prog releases in the sense that it outstays its welcome. Sprawling over two discs, I feel like if it had trimmed away the filler and fat and presented us with the best 40-odd minutes of the material here it'd be far stronger.

In addition, Kalugin handles most of the vocals and unfortunately, his voice just isn't up to it. In particular, he's singing in English and it clearly isn't his first language; to be fair, his English is far better than my Ukrainian, but it's a rare vocalist who is able to sing as comfortably and naturally in a foreign language as they do in their own, and Kalugin's chops fall well short of that point.

 Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.98 | 82 ratings

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Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time
Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by ale73

4 stars I was positively surprised by this new album by the composer Antony Kalugin. I know almost all of his discography and my favourite album is Sunchild's "As far as the eye can see"; so I was hoping in something similar: warm, majestic and atmospheric but with melancholy in the background. But wishing that an artist would compose the music you like is always wrong?and now, after some weeks listening, I love this album for different reasons: the mood is completely different from the other Sunchild albums, and it is more in a Karfagen vein; everything is full of positivity, melody and joy. Furthermore, I like its "vintage prog" flavour: you can breathe it everywhere, from the wonderful artwork to the sounds of the keyboards, even from some song titles. Sometimes you feel like you are in the '70s!

Talking about the songs, the record begins with "Searching diamonds", a classic prog with some good keyboards/piano, a great singing and some very nice female backing vocals. A great start! In the second song "Grail and time", it is clear that Pink Floyd is the main source of inspiration. The third song is a little surprise: "60 degrees to the 70s" (great title) has got roots really in the 70's, but its atmosphere is really poppish and light, I would dare to say in a Beatles mood. For me it is the first highlight of the record! The following "Mystery train" is a melodic and atmospheric tune; I listened to it on Youtube with an adequate video and it is nothing less than dreamy? The short "Dreams from a lonely town" is a proper introduction to the title track, that could be easily included in one of the Gilmour solo records for its guitar tunes and "Gilmouresque" vocals, at least in the first section. P Other highlight is for me "Victory voyager": a 20 mins long suite with a strong prog taste, full of interplays between instruments, a great crescendo and a beautiful melody. Even though it is a very long piece, you will never get bored listening to it! p Finally my favourite song, called "Father". It is the only remainder to the melancholic humor of "As far as the eye can see"; a long instrumental with acoustic guitar and a wonderful violin. I cannot know what Antony was thinking when composing it, but I find it very touching and deep.

I have not already had the chance to go deeper into the lyrics of this great album, but I will, as I am sure it is worth doing it.

 Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.98 | 82 ratings

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Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time
Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by Trinity S

5 stars "Good old days and timeless friends to the song we unite..." This time Antony has released incredibly "warm" and positive album. And i do agree - the cover is stunning - something really different from the dark shades of the previous "Isolation" and "Synesthesia". While listening to the album, you have plenty picteresque landscapes to explore - it has 3 pages digi pack with 12 pages booklet, I like rabbit in the hat - it`s cool )) Album starts with uplifting and upbeat song - what a lovely backing vocals it has and Piano solo. Solid start of the album. "Grail and Time" - is a gentle mid tempo ballad with emotional and trully melodic chorus by Viktoriia (10 years ago she has appeared on the debut "the Gnomon" album and she sang so perfectly "Midnight Train"). Middle part of the track is really nice ... "...and obscured by the fog, the man still sales the frog! Now the price is dear!" it bring us back to the mood of the "As far as the eye can see" album. Also i like the fact that Antony refer to the "Alice in Wonderland" by mighty Lewis Carroll - patter in this track and old school almost "beatles"- like chorus in the next track explains to the listener why there`s the rabbit in the hat ), sorry, Volcano Rabbit! )) 3. 60 Degrees to the 70s - title says it all - first half is a first class art-jazz rock mixture that flows into the gentle ballad with gorgeous Mann`s moog solo. 4. Mystery Train - 5. dreams from a lonely town - 6. title track - this 3 tracks are the highlights for all who loves Pink Floyd - Momentary Lapse - Division Bells era... Melodic, atmospheric, even Antonys vocal and the way he delivers it, reminds me Gilmour`s tembre. What a cool symphonic climax in the middle of the "the Division and Illusion of Time" track - wellcome to the Magician`s Theater!! 7. Victory Voyager - to me is one of the best tracks on the album (it`s length - 20 mins) Always interesting, always melodic, great interplay between Max guitars and Antonys keys in the instrumental passages. Cool Floydian backs and Viktoriia`s vocalis. Gentle chorus in the first part of the track sang by Nikita, Viktoriias son, who`s only 21, so wellcome onboard! 8. Father - I think a lot of true art rock fans will find this track as another highlight on this album. beautiful melody, "warm" and "vintage" atmosphere. Again , so pleased with the arrangement and the way Kalugin delivers his musical material, seems like this "message" has reach us from the golden era of "prog rock". I like this voyage, like this "messages" and for sure, want to hear more. Solid album - music, production, artwork!
 Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.98 | 82 ratings

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Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time
Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by Drmick1971

5 stars The first thing that hits you about this album is the cover. A truly stunning cover. But we are here to listen to the music. This is a sequel to Antony Kalugin's Messages From Afar: First Contact by Karfagen. And a wonderful bookend it is. The first song, 'Searching Diamonds' sets up the whole album, an upbeat and positive mood. I've always liked Antony's interweaving between keyboard and guitar. He creates layers that builds wonderful music. The instrumental, 'Mystery Train' sounds exactly that, a mystery. Every song is a journey. 'Dreams from a Lonely Town' and 'The Division and Illusion of Time' both hint back to the previous album by Karfagen so you don't forget this is a follow up. Of course the epic 20 minute song, 'Victory Voyager' is those layers combined to take you on a magical voyage. The album ends with the touching 'Father'. A fitting way to end the album. I believe Antony has a special relationship with his father. And this piece of music is there to remind us all of our special fathers.

This is a positive prog rock album that was obviously recorded with joy.

Another classic by Antony.

 Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.98 | 82 ratings

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Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time
Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by alchemymark

4 stars The remarkably prolific Antony Kalyugin, Ukraine's best musical export, returns a year after Part One of his Messages From Afar trilogy, which appeared under another of his alter egos, Karfagen. Kalyugin is something of a musical polymath, in that he rarely sits still musically for too long. Part Two of Messages, while directly continuing the theme of the first record, is a different sounding entity, hence the Sunchild label, which is bright, warm straight ahead Prog, full of melody and harmony, while Karfagen shows a more instrumental, jazz inflected side. Either way, Part Two, is Kalyugin at his best. Chock full of warm, sometimes vintage sounding instrumentation, powerful vocals, and confident performances, this already familiar with this man's work, will know what to expect and lap up this latest episode. Everyone else though, who like their prog, classic, symphonic, or simply want some good tunes, will find much to enjoy here. Roll on Part 3 in 2019.
 As Far As The Eye Can See by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.09 | 208 ratings

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As Far As The Eye Can See
Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by ale73

5 stars Some records have a winning title; some records have a winning cover art. So you are impressed by them at first sting. In this case both the cover art and the title are winning. And when you listen to the music you are sure your first impression was right.

I would say that, among all the projects of the prolific composer Antony Kalugin, this record is my favorite one and in my opinion it is also the most ambitious. It is very difficult to categorize this piece of music: you can say it is prog, but it is at the same time teathrical, emotional, epic and even romantic, with echoes of world music and gothic melancholy (for me the right moment to listen to it is the night). What impressed me from the first listen is the voice: ethereal and dreamy to say the least, it is very emotional and warm in all its shades and someway reminds me of Kate Bush. But the music is no less: it is enough to take an eye to the list of musician and instruments (guitars, keyboards but also alto sax, oboe, flute, accordion, viola, violin, cello') to understand the richness of it all.

All the songs are almost perfect and it is difficult to choose some highlights, but if I have to, I would go for the title track, the 15- minute long 'Stars of Cardiff Bay', 'Mirrors' (I remember it was the first song that impressed me when I saw them for the first time in concert) and above all the ethereal 'Visionary sights'.

 The Wrap by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.93 | 98 ratings

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The Wrap
Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by mitarai_panda

5 stars It's about fear and hope, weakness and faith, deceit and what we believe at face value the truth to be.

However we are carefully hiding under the wrap - wearing masks and coats of many colours and shades.

We struggle to change the life we have ignored, misunderstanding even our closest friends.

Then suddenly we realise that we are the prisoner of our own thoughts, and the beloved one is so "far away".

And that you have become a player in this masquerade - seeking so hard to find the way back, because so many things were just said and done for effect. Your powers are tested to the limit and you try to salvage your life and love, as your alter ego "Raven" is always watching you waiting to crush your newfound spirit.

Once again like in "the Gnomon" album there're two personages - girl and a boy. At the centre of the big masterplan a ruthless game is being played within the mind you fight to win back your values and your love by finding the way out of "the Wrap".

 Synesthesia by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.75 | 54 ratings

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Synesthesia
Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by robbob

3 stars Well. I have read many good reviews for this work. So in my taste and opinion I was a little surprised...a little disappointed ... I liked more their prior albums... This is a not original modern prog rock work ,light prog rock with touches of post rock album... in the vein of Pineapple Thief.. Yes songs are not bad...but for a fan of really prog rock...this album is a little aside ..near to prog related....pleasant light rock songs ..very faraway to a masterpiece of progressive rock. So may be is a thing of taste....in what a I consider real prog rock(symphonic and neo prog)this is difficult to de valued. 3 stars
 Synesthesia by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.75 | 54 ratings

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Synesthesia
Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by CAERLLYSI

4 stars The AKP project Sunchild is alive and kicking, The political unrest in the Ukraine may have delayed the recording of this album but as always Kalugin delivers.

Synesthesia is a powerful, melodic magnificent collection of songs that will brighten up your summer, it's the perfect musical tonic. There are two tracks available to listen on bandcamp which have ensured the anticipation for this album is now greater than ever as music lovers know Antony doesn't disappoint.

Kalugin never rests on his laurels and he once again is fearless in his pursuit of the ultimate song, boasting one of the best back catalogues in the business, Kalugin is looking now for that wider audience that will ensure the music remains alive and kicking for many years to come.

So come on board - you must not let this album pass you by!

Will : Caerllysi Music

 The Invisible Line by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.92 | 85 ratings

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The Invisible Line
Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
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4 stars Artists like Antony Kalugin, Fabio Zuffanti or Neal Morse are born once in a decade, people involved in plenty of projects as leading figures, putting up consistently impressive music.Kalugin put Hoggwash and Karfagen a bit aside to focus on his Sunchild project in the 2008-09 period.The masterful ''The gnomon'' was then followed by ''The invisible line'', released on Caerllysi Music label and featuring some 15 guest singers and musicians with Kalugin handling multiple instruments.

While not that magnificent as the ultimate opus of ''The gnomon'', ''The invisible line'' is another work showcasing Kalugin's amazing capabilities as a composer.This is closer to the classic Symphonic Rock style as performed by SPOCK'S BEARD with some Neo Prog sensibilities, sounding overall more modern than the works of the Americans, but offering solid instrumental and vocal work both in long and short arrangements.The standard rock and keyboards instruments are often surrounded by surprising sax, oboe, trumpet, accordion and flute parts and for this reason Sunchild recall also Italian veterans HOSTSONATEN minus the ambiental and folky soundscapes.The material is great to say the least with evident GENESIS and CAMEL inspirations, lacking the true presence of vintage keyboards and being based on hard-edged guitars and powerful synthesizers, but the orchestrations are absolutely convincing, the melodies come as instant and memorable and grandiose parts are all over the place.Plus all vocals are sung in English with a set of amazing singers.I am excited to say that even if the music is highly symphonic and very energetic, the pinches from instruments like the sax, flute etc. are incredible adapted within the Classic Prog frames, without hurting the consistency of the album.No weak tracks in here, but there are a few standouts, like the title track, separated in two movements, with the emotional melodies, symphonic overtones and fantastic singing lines, absolutely awesome.

''The gnomon'' was simply a masterpiece, this one is also an excellent work on modern Symphonic Rock with nice variations, bombastic tunes and laid-back textures.Definitely among the year's highlights, do yourself a favor and grab this fine piece of art, especially if you love SPOCK'S BEARD, THE TANGENT, APOGEE, TRANSATLANTIC, HOSTSONATEN and the likes.

Thanks to dean for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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