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The Psychedelic Ensemble is a one man band who chooses to remain anonymous, with the only outside collaboration being with Janos Marton and Alexandra Serban, who together with the artist, carefully selected images produced by artists at the Living Museum as imagery for the album.
The project came about some years ago, starting after the artist stumbled on an article in The New York Times about an exhibition featuring art from the Living Museum, a center devoted to artistic production by patients at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens, New York. Then in the summer of 2008,an NPR interview with psychiatrist and Living Museum curator, Janos Marton struck a chord that brought about the conception of the opening of The Art of Madness: I think that creativity, and artistic production, is almost a symptom of mental illness. From there the album was written and recorded over 3 months in 2008.

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3.31 | 47 ratings
The Art of Madness
2009
3.60 | 72 ratings
The Myth of Dying
2010
3.98 | 107 ratings
The Dream Of The Magic Jongleur
2011
4.06 | 207 ratings
The Tale Of The Golden King
2013

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4.22 | 9 ratings
The Secrets Of Your Mind
2011
4.33 | 3 ratings
Undone
2012

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 The Tale Of The Golden King by PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE, THE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 207 ratings

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The Tale Of The Golden King
The Psychedelic Ensemble Neo-Prog

Review by Progulator

4 stars Two years ago I was taken by surprise when I first became introduced to The Psychedelic Ensemble (TPE) through the album The Dream of the Magic Jongleur. Upon interviewing TPE I found out about his next album in the works which would feature not only all the goodness that this one man mytery exhibits, but would raise the stakes even more by including an orchestral ensemble. Needless to say the expectations were high and I'm glad to say that high expectations were met by the new release, The Tale of the Golden King.

What perhaps pleases most about The Tale of the Golden King is that it is basically everything we already love about TPE with bigger sounds, grander orchestration, and more nuanced writing. The record kicks it off with "Overture: Our Great King," a piece that demonstrates stunning arrangements from the start, offering mysterious moods, dueling guitars and keys, and some of the best narrative vocals ever by way of the "Enter all who with to hear the tale" segment which presents some fantastic church organ and bells before diving into a nicely executed fugue. "The Prophecy of the Seer" offers great dialogue between principle and secondary vocals, a sort of call and response if you will. Additionally, the instrumentation on this piece is a real gem, with loads of acoustic instruments that are subtle yet powerful. The dreamlike section about two thirds into the piece is absolutely killer as the church organ presents descending patterns flanked by fluttering chord changes while blasting you with bursts of aggressive keyboards; one of the coolest moments on the album from where I'm sitting, and that's saying a lot.

Those who heard the sample tracks on TPE's webpage should be well aware of the glory of "The Golden King" and "Queen of Sorrow," some of the absolute highlights of the album. The former shows TPE taking full advantage of the orchestra to lay down a beautiful intro followed by and an epic, almost cinematic, outro. In between we see all the melodic phrasing, weaving synthesizers, solid groove, and catchy vocal lines which have become trademarks of TPE, all presented on a superb level. "Queen of Sorrow" shows itself to be a stand out track as well, this time due to the gorgeous vocals of Ann Caren who demonstrates vocal, angelic beauty this a sense of power and melancholy worthy of the title "Queen of Sorrow." Musically speaking, this, like "The Golden King" stands out at the top of this album, taking full advantage of piano, acoustic guitars, cello, and horns to create a distinctive atmosphere, particularly in the uber eerie middle section in Ann's voice takes on a ghostly whisper which is highlighted by echoing strings and fading voices before diving into an agressive array of guitar and key solos. To cap it off, TPE leads us toward a final verse and chorus which opts for orchestral arrangements to back up the main vocal lines, providing a somber and majestic ending to one of the strongest pieces on the record. In a word: breathtaking.

While the middle section just described was most definitely the highlight of the album for me, the rest of the album continues in the tradition of strong tunes. "Save Yourself" and "Make a Plan" constitute a perfect complimentary duo both in terms of music and lyrics, with "Save Yourself" offering funky, jazzy basslines, solid groove, and one of the catchiest choruses around, while "Make a Plan" does it up nicely with some fine bluesy vocals and organ, and an eventual shift into a storm of scorching guitar and keyboard solos, more of which can be found on the rhythmic instrumental storm known as "The Battle."

The closing track, "Finale: Arise, Great Kingdom" is determined to give us a grandiose closing to this wonderful tale. After opening with a fantastic, album encompassing orchestral arrangement, TPE launches us into a multi-layered vocal arrangement that recalls Yes in the most wonderful of ways, with a nicely added pastoral touch. I must also say that as so often I feel with TPE's music, I am impressed by the delicacy of instrument treatments on this piece, both on the lighter vocal sections as well as those that might conventionally be called more busy; we simply get what seems like an infinite number of instruments coming and going, but never feeling forced or like they're just making an appearance for the sake of it. Furthermore, unlike many artists' albums which seek to make grand use of motifs by merely rehashing themes in the most banal ways throughout the album, this finale truly weaves together the best melodies of the album while finely portraying the spirit of the complete work. Finally, I must put in a plug for the solo sections on this piece, particularly the one that starts as we approach the seven minute mark; they're remarkable, and capitalize not only on the treatment of leads and phrasing themselves, but are skillfully supported by the entire arrangement. After hearing the climactic closing of "Finale," I marvel at a piece which so well captures the essence of The Tale of the Golden King and sits among the strongest of songs that I've heard all year.

Just in case I have to spell it out more clearly, The Golden King is a remarkable album that should grab up some great attention for The Psychedelic Ensemble. While the last album was good, this one really went all out, demanding many a thorough listen due to its complex arrangement, variety, and skillful performances. In reality, The Tale of the Golden King takes everything I love about TPE, crafts them to near perfection, and still manages to give you more. There have been a number of brilliant albums that have come out this year, and I suspect there's still a few more to come, but as for mysel

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 The Dream Of The Magic Jongleur by PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE, THE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.98 | 107 ratings

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The Dream Of The Magic Jongleur
The Psychedelic Ensemble Neo-Prog

Review by Progulator

4 stars First off, who is this guy and why does he want to remain anonymous? The Dream of the Magic Jongleur seriously took me by surprise and knocked my socks off. Apparently this anonymous bard plays just about everything on the album, and it's all amazing. Ultra spacey synths everywhere, brilliant layers of vocal harmonies and intertwining keyboard and guitar leads and melodies make this album a fantastic listen. What we basically get here is an amazing blend of jazz fusion (reminds me very much of Return to Forever's first album) with northern European folk overtones joined together by hyper-spacey symphonic prog arrangements. All the notes and chord shifts count on this record. The leads are fantastic, the tone is gorgeous and the runs are fun and expressive. On songs such as the Overture, you get this great vocal like dialogue going on between keyboards and guitar leads, in a Borg Sex kind of way (for the Satriani fans out there). The vocals are fantastic (somehow recalling a bit of Jethro Tull?), making you enjoy the entire composition rather than skipping straight to the keyboard solos. For all the comparisons to other bands, I didn't feel like the album was a rip off in the least bit. This is just fantastic symphonic prog. Period.

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 The Tale Of The Golden King by PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE, THE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 207 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars US project THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE appeared more or less out of thin air back in 2009, and has since then been an active contributor to the progressive rock universe, fairly steadily recording and releasing new material. "The Tale of the Golden King" is the fourth full length studio production to be released under this moniker, and was commercially available from the fall of 2013.

"The Tale of the Golden King" comes across as an impressive production through and through. Excellent compositions, excellent musicianship, superbly assembled and with a quality production to boot. While it may not hold a universal appeal, this album should most certainly be of interest to those with an affection for symphonic progressive rock, and then most of all to those who cherish music of that kind made with a high degree of sophistication. A truly superb production, and just about as close to perfection as you can get in my point of view.

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 The Myth of Dying by PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE, THE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.60 | 72 ratings

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The Psychedelic Ensemble Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars For a second album the mysterious figure behind The Psychedelic Ensemble enters a deeply spiritual mood, dealing with the various theories regarding the afterlife, based on the different cultures and religions.The main figure around this concept is a young poet, who after his passing is destined to ''live'' many of the writings he had read, while he was still alive.According to the liner notes of the album the story around the concept is true (?).This whole capture by The Psychedelic Ensemble is divided in nine different sections in the independently released CD, entitled ''The myth of dying'', released in 2010.Another no-name guest artist has helped during the recordings on violin and strings.

After a very dissapointing debut, ''The myth of dying'' appears to be a great development, an album which enters the realms of PINK FLOYD-ian Neo Prog with both extended vocal and instrumental sections, characterized by deep melodies, atmospheric passages and naughty keyboard work with symphonic touches.While GENESIS and PINK FLOYD are the easily detected inspirations, some strongly keyboard-oriented pieces are certaily influenced by the likes of ELP, while a couple of shorter tracks around the middle contain surprising GENTLE GIANT and KING CRIMSON influences from the early-70's, with atonal vocal deliveries, complex keyboard themes, slow-paced, psychedelic guitar tones and even some sampled clavinet and Mellotron in the process.The bulk of this effort follows though an atmospheric, slightly symphonic style with electroacoustic textures and soaring synthesizers, surrounded by sensitive vocal parts and a good depth in the lyrical section.The long outro ''Canto IX: The truth of eternity'' seems to be a great farewell tribute by The Psychedelic Ensemble in Classic 70's Prog with both melodic and more Fusion-oriented exercises, based on impressive keyboard ideas, Classical influences, tricky instrumental runs and mellow PINK FLOYD-ian soundscapes with vocals in evidence and everchanging climates.Again the annoying programmed drums and a few pale keyobard segments are negative points, but this time some great music is around to reward the listener.

Propably the best place to start your experience with The Psychedelic Ensemble.Mostly smooth Neo/Symphonic Prog with an interesting concept, occasionally breaking into pretty complex keyboard-based Progressive Rock.Nice and warmly recommended album.

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4.06 | 207 ratings

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Review by tszirmay
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4 stars The Psychedelic Ensemble continues on its anonymous path, creating mystifying progressive rock that blurs the line between the two perennial boogeymen genres that seem often being at odds with another, a Symphonic prog base with occasional flickers of Neo. On one hand you have the gigantic synthesizer fireworks, trebly bass rumbles that recall the Squire, screaming organ flurries and breakneck speedy drum fills. On the other, lead vocals that harken back to more Gentle Giant- friendly themes, using a variety of male and female vocalists to huge effect. It's a New York kind of album, everything going on together and separately, various layers and absolute density, hectic, urban and totally overblown. TPE also throws in a full manned orchestra, thoroughly bombastic and hyperactive a la ELP. If there ever was a prog multi-genre buffet, TPE would be both the flag bearer and the torch carrier!

There is more soloing on the opening track, "Overture-Our Great Kingdom" than on many entire albums by other, less exuberant artists. Love it when American musicians get all stitched up with monarchy, kings, knights and damsels and such other regal accouterments. The story line parallels the classic King Midas story, a ruler with a golden touch that ultimately spells his doom. There is also some strong retro flashbacks to Wakeman's early albums (The 6 Wives of Henry VIII and Myths & Legends).

"The Prophecy of the Seer" provides a folk backdrop with pastoral acoustics, choir galore, whistling synthesizers that rekindle fond memories of Patrick Moraz and Manfred Mann. The contrasts between calm and hurricane are startling, again blurring the line between unbelievable technique and lush creativity. The acoustic guitar does a fluttering waltz between the Gentle Giant-like a capella vocal work, sensational lead vocals as well, all united within a strong melody. The rambling organ nods at the aggressive bass and they forge forward together in pummeling harmony. Screeching guitars only add zest to the fire as the sizzling synths erupt from the maelstrom. A sensational track, to say the least!

"The Golden King" twists, pirouettes and turns like some manic whirling dervish, lot of polyphonic sounds, multiple melodies colliding, interspaced with instrumental snippets that recall all the classic symphonic prog procedures. The Moraz-Mann synth bending is phenomenal, sonic butterflies that explode out of seemingly nowhere, in organized madness. There are obvious Yes tendencies in the details, some Genesis flavorings in the pastoral moments and even some ELP-like blowouts. Throw in The Enid-like big orchestrations as a finale and you get the idea!

On the short "Captive Days", the mood shifts into a more piano dominated etude, synths in pursuit as well as some colossal fretless bass and hard core drumming. Ann Caren's lovely voice adorns the velvety "Queen of Sorrows", a modern/medieval pop song if I ever heard one, buttered by some intricate instrumentation both acoustic and later, electric guitars being in fine form. String quartet, flutes, choir extracts and fortress echoes give the piece a prog sheen that impresses, as the maniacal synthesizers weave sophisticated patterns that bedevil and exalt. The lute-like shimmer is truly beguiling as Ann's vocal stresses her anguish even further.

The mood veers into jazzier terrain on the wispy "Save Yourself", bolstered by some exceptional organ work that recalls the legendary Brian Auger, smooth electric guitar in the Larry Coryell/Lee Ritenour mode and most of all, a nice wobbly bass solo that boggles the mind. What virtuosity! The piano and axe duel ferociously as if attending a classic Return to Forever blow out! Voices sounding like Kerry Minnear only add to the intense pleasure.

How about showing off some bluesy tendencies? "Make A Plan-Golden Swords" will take you into death-defying realms that has so many exit ramps, you forget what you are being driven in and as such, shows off the only TPE weakness that I keep detecting within all their albums, and that is a tendency to overdo and over-complicate the arrangements, verging too close to technical prowess displays (a personal pet peeve in prog and its Achilles heel in some cases). This tendency is sometimes brilliant and eagerly displayed on the bubbly "The Battle" which sounds a lot like ELP on speed. TPE does show off BUT here you really get the sense of a ferocious scuffle going on, bloodied synths slicing through the air, the bass chopping off limbs and the drums pummeling the walls like a battering ram, all combining to describe the confusion and despair of combat.

" The Great Day" returns to the classic Yes sound, the female voice recalling the elfin Anderson to the point of disbelief, pastoral quivering as the bright sunlit synths illuminate the arrangement , clanging Howe-like guitar licks (that country feel we all know), dizzying organ shuffles amid the trebly bass counterpoints and all is held together by Bruford-esque drumming. All that and yet it's the various voices that rule the roost, giving this a clear Fragile/CTTE/Going for the One feel.

The album ends with the aptly titled "The Finale-Arise", a cinemascope soundtrack-styled ending with dense orchestrations, encapsulating all the previous themes into one final hurrah. Frankly, this is a premise I am never too fond of, this reprise formula is never quite to my liking unless performed with unabashed insanity , like with Roxy Music's sublime "In Every dream Home a Heartache", throwing in a healthy dose of delirium! Unfortunately here, this kind of CV/résumé track just defeats the entire purpose. TPE could have kept this off an already very long album.

All in all, an entirely enjoyable release that will please prog fans of every stripe, which is perhaps the intended plan devised by the talented anonymous multi-instrumentalist behind the TPE. I personally would have preferred less Yes-isms and more atmospheric, less exuberant contributions. But that's just me.

4 Laurel wreathed Monarchs

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4.06 | 207 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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5 stars I hadn't been too big on the last Psychedelic Ensemble album I'd heard - The Myth of Dying - but here on The Tale of the Golden King they show a vast level of musical growth and transformation. A concept album revolving around the story of a king transfigured into a golden statue, and how later generations in the kingdom make ingenious use of the statue to win a battle against tyrannous forces, the band manage to dip into the styles of a range of prog acts of the past. For instance, there's a really good Emerson, Lake and Palmer-styled bit there which reminds me of the best of Tarkus-era ELP, and a bit later on which sounds uncannily like Close to the Edge-era Yes.

The really neat thing they accomplish, though, is having the music of the album flows smoothly from section to section, so the dipping into the styles of past bands don't feel artificial or forced - they arise naturally from the direction of the overall composition, and so they feel much less gratuitous than they otherwise might. This puts the Ensemble well ahead of much of the retro- prog crowd, and it's excellent stuff.

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Review by M27Barney

5 stars Well - WELCOME ALL YE to THE CD of 2013, Yep - this has got to be the best release this year by a parsec or more I reckon. I have given this two spins and it's knocked the old skin off the prog rice pudding!! yep it most surely has! If you like your prog pudding richly sprinkled with moog runs and bombastic themes, then this is surely for you ! I will be definitely investing in the back catalogue after this masterpiece has tweaked my aural-synapses to the point of prog-ejaculation! It has bits reminiscent of yes (Sound Chaser off Relayer) and a bit of old yes off the "Yes Album" , but I am also reminded of ELP (the drumming is a bit Carl Palmer-ish) - Also - a bit of Greenslade in the keyboard/combos. Loads of sumptuous Moog and Hammond - really nice guitar licks, good strong themed lyrics which add to the overall pomposity of the piece. I think that this is not NEO-PROG but more Keyboard oriented Symphonic Prog or KOSP for short!! Just buy it people and SHARE the LOVE.

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Well it's a privilge to review THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE's latest work called "The Tale Of The Golden King". Like their last record this is a concept album and we get lots of synths and that YES- like flavour that pops up once in a while. This is a long one at just over 72 minutes but it's a pretty cool fairy tale that takes us back in time.

"Overture-Our Great Kingdom" opens in an epic manner with lots of atmosphere and orchestration. A minute in picked guitar and flute add to the drama. Synths and drums follow as the vocals join in singing about the benevolent king and his great knigdom. Some nice guitar before 3 minutes. A change follows as it becomes more serious. They really let it rip at times the rest of the way. It blends into "The Prophecy Of The Seer-The Transformation Of The Knig" as things settle right down. Beautiful sounding acoustic instruments lead the way as vocals and harmonies follow. An interesting blend here of dramatics and tranquility. Keyboards and drums then lead as the vocals stop. Nice guitar solo too around 3 minutes in. Quite the uptempo instrumental display at times on this one. "The Golden King" opens in a melancholic manner with orchestration. A change before 2 minutes as the synths lead the way and then the vocals join in. An excellent instrumental section comes in after 4 minutes before the vocals return then more instrumental prowess as the guitar takes the lead. Lots of piano around 6 minutes as the vocals return. A change before 8 minutes as melancholic sounds end it. Good song. "Captive Days" is piano and synths mostly early on. I like the intricate and impressive drumming that joins in.

"The Queen Of Sorrow" with that acoustic guitar and instrumental sound really brings the days of knights and castles to mind. Female vocals become the focus in this melancholic tune. Gilmour-like guitar before 3 minutes then that orchestral vibe returns. Some cool atmosphere after 3 1/2 minutes as it becomes darker. The mood brightens 5 minutes in as we get an instrumental attack of sorts. Mellow with vocals again before 6 minutes. "Save Yourself" opens in a creepy manner with various sounds coming and going including voices. It picks up with male vocals before a minute. Kind of a jazzy vibe going on here. Some soaring guitar leads follow. Everything is so intricate after 4 minutes, I enjoy just listening to these guys play. Vocals are back late. "Make A Plan-Golden Swords" sounds really interesting with the atmosphere and vocals early on. A melancholic piece that is almost bluesy. Check out the instrumental display after 5 minutes as it picks up. The guitar is grinding away here. The organ then leads. "The Battle" is an excellent tune that's a little heavier with guitar front and center. What an instrumental display ! "Great Day" brings back the female vocals as we get an uplifting mood. Even the instrumental section is about celebrating. "Finale-Arise!-Great Kingdom" ends the story with the longest tune yet at close to 12 minutes. Lots of orchestration early on then the guitar comes in. It settles with vocals after 2 minutes. Again the mood is a happy one. Love the instrumental work before 4 1/2 minutes. The vocals will come and go contrasted with those uptempo instrumental outbursts.

This actually brought back memories of when I first got into Prog and really jumped into the Neo-Prog genre. Good memories. And while concept albums with orchecstration that play over 70 minutes usually don't do it for me, this recording certainly pushed some of the right buttons as I have to give it 4 stars.

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4.06 | 207 ratings

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Review by cajapandora3

5 stars The anonymous multi-instrumentist artist beyond The Psychedelic Ensemble publishes his fourth album of pure symphonic rock concept, in which all subjects are bound to create a coherent narrative knot. The new album, full of a great dramatic spirit, is full of progressive proposals, both in form and in substance. The spectacular and magnificent compositions, developed from a melodic and dynamic sense, are full of references concerning the most forceful and legendary symphonic rock. We must add to all this some certain religious, classical and Renaissance music details in the arrangements and an evolution, backed up on an exquisite and very technical vocal epic interpretation, all based in long instrumental developments, full of bombastic keyboard solos, electric guitars played with great ease and the inclusion of attractive and graceful traditional instruments that enrich the music the group expresses as an epic genre of infinite possibilities. This musician is so enlightened and intelligent that knows how to build the themes from the melody and the musical drama to give us a result of a very high symphonic rock quality. Perhaps we are witnessing one of the best composers since the seventies: he does not blush at any time with his approach to progressive rock from a traditional and academic authentic flavour. From a sensationalist concept that serves the musician as a mere excuse and flowing from the narrative, the artist guides us with an exhibition of supreme instrumental magnitude transporting us to an unexpected, labyrinthine world where abrupt instrumental passages reign. I must add to all of this that there are a lot of devilish rhythms continually breaking the beats and we are in front of musical developments of great taste supporting the complex and fantastically beautiful compositions written, above all, with great intelligence. We don't realize that we are immerse in a time machine that has transported us to an ancient and nostalgic time where musicians told us stories. We are facing forgotten stories when Renaissance, Rick Wakeman, Le Orme, Pink Floyd, ELP, Jethro Tull or PFM were ruling the progressive essence, but from a modern and new perspective that accentuates the longing and hope in a genre so scorned. There are many progressive musicians that hide themselves behind cinematic sounds in order to recreate sound spaces that guide their music, but The Psychedelic Ensemble needs no excuses to show us a raw and authentic progressive sound in his music. TPE is what it is: emotion, tenderness, virtuosity, warmth, delirium, excitement, impact and, above all, heart. I am stunned before one of the best instrumentalists and one of the greatest releases of all time. And I surrender, totally admired, before a splendid and indescribable music. From my point of view this prodigious recording will never be forgotten. An undeniable genius. Twenty out of ten.

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Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars When I started to listen to this record I thought the singer was from Britain because he sung so nicely. The voice wasn't very unlike the singer's of Big Big Train of United Kingdom. This album seems to be a story of a king and a kingdom. The Psychedelic Ensemble is an anonymous one man band but it really doesn't sound like ONE man. It gets help by singing from Ann Caren on a couple of tunes. The picture seems to be an old style church window. "The Tale of The Golden King" was released 2013.

The music of this record is a great adventure for the listener. He meets musical intertexts from the Medieval times, from Yes, from classical music, folk storys and the tradition of prog music in particular. Especially important on this record is the keyboards; they are driving the music forward and do not apologize for anything. Not afraid for hitting the highest notes and almost reuse Yes themes the Psychedelic Orchestra manages to make an awesome prog record. Because I am seldom totally pleased I think it was a bit too long and didn't hit the really best points but the standard is high and the record is very even. There is no bad tracks. The "worst" did get 7/10 points by my and the best 9,5/10 so the high class is indisputable.

The vocals are very good, I said they sounded British, and that is kudos. The female helping voice(also solo) on two tracks was so nice, I am a little sad they were'nt used more. On "The Queen of Sorrow" and "Great Day" Ann Caren sings and does it very well. The male voice has an unusual feeling too. The keyboards sound retro or original and on "The Prophecy of the Seer-The Transformation of the King" the beginning riff of Yes' Heart of the Sunrise seems to be reused just like on "Finale-Arise!-Great Kingdom" where I think I hear something of "The Fish"(Fragile). Those intertexts do great in this music. It feels very real all the time: the keys, the drums and the guitars. My favourite track is "The Golden King" which is very orchestral and encreases all the time, where we hear a lot of a beautiful voice, a flute and an orchestra. The ending track is almost as good as the last mentioned, also very orchestral and a main theme returns.

This record is amongst the best til now from 2013 and really worth listening. Perhaps I should give it some more examinations to be fair, now I nearly drowned in the music. I will give it four strong stars!

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