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PYMLICO

Crossover Prog • Norway


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Arild BrÝter provided an interesting musical solo project released under the band moniker Pymlico. The music he writes can be described as instrumental, progressive with symphonic rock. Melodic, but with allot of different variations. BrÝter has worked on this project for quite some time and the debut CD Inspirations was released in 2011. The music was mainly recorded and mixed in his home studio. BrÝter played the drums on every track and some keyboards and guitar. His brother ōyvind played hammond organ and keyboards. Other musical friends and collaborators were willing to help on lead guitars, grand pianos, saxophones, bass guitars and so on. The album is released on hisown lable ?Spider House Records?. The second album is already in the making.

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3.17 | 10 ratings
Inspirations
2011
3.97 | 13 ratings
Directions
2012

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 Inspirations by PYMLICO album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.17 | 10 ratings

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Inspirations
Pymlico Crossover Prog

Review by maryes

3 stars 3,5 stars !!! Very good first album from Norwegian band PIMLYCO ( I must confess that I never heard the second), but although don't be a amazing release, is plentiful of pleasant reminiscence moments, their music don't sounds like a simple copy or collage from old and well-know themes. The band walk between a countless influences from famous bands . The first strong influence comes in the track 2 "P.I.G." with a mix from CAMEL & MINIMUN VITAL. Another strong influence as THE FLOWER KINGS in track 6 "Smiert Spionom". The track 8 "Dance of the kleptomaniacs" starts with a R I O in the best style of SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA with strange voice effects which reappears beteween heavy KING CRIMSOM inspired passages from his more heavy moments. Due all this explanations my rate is 3 stars, and the mention that the album deserves a place in my collection!!!

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 Directions by PYMLICO album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Pymlico Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Norwegian project PYMLICO is the creative vehicle of composer and musician Arild Broter, and one he uses to record and release music that falls within the progressive rock category. Pymlico's first album was released in 2011. "Directions" was issued in December 2012 through Broter's own label Spider House Records, and is the second production to be released under the Pymlico moniker.

If you have an affection for progressive rock as it was made back in the 70's, Pymlico has joined the ranks of contemporary bands vying for your attention. Arild Brotner and his colleagues do so by way of an instrumental album of the symphonic kind, with a fair degree of variety in expression and delicately flavored with sounds and effects of a more contemporary nature. An album to seek out if symphonic progressive rock is a style of music you tend to enjoy, and in particular if you prefer the instrumental variety of it.

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Pymlico Crossover Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars "Compliments of Sharkey" is, if I am not mistaken, a tribute to the exalted world of E.P. Jacobs, a Euro-cartoon icon, famed for his "Adventures of Blake and Mortimer" series. Sharkey was adjutant to Colonel Olrik, the nasty fiend and nemesis to both Francis Blake of SIS and Professor Philip Mortimer. If so, putting the exhilarating pseudo sci-fi anti-hero as a platform for some rollicking prog is quite an original twist, waltz or fandango. Fittingly the mood is pulsating, grandiose and epic, a Norwegian one-man instrumental show led by Arild Broter and some family and friends. Arild is a professional live drummer (Lucifer Was), so the beat is a non-worry issue. Fun beginnings but one would never expect a stellar follow-up track and the 14 minute + "Heroes" (referring again to Blake and Mortimer?) is as fabulous as instrumental prog can get, an expedition of monumental sound where everything fits superbly, gorgeous synthesizers painting the fjord-lit night sky, interweaving melodies and evocative arrangements that span the spectrum, from idyllic pastoral beauty where the flute section seems straight out of Hostsonaten's Springsongs, to more typical guitar-led symphonics that ignite images of mellow proggers Camel, David Minasian, The Inner Road, Odyssice and Trion. The term "beautiful" sums it up quite succinctly, the lead axe crying out in utter ecstasy, uniting with a long extended synth solo that parallels the main theme, massive and hot mellotron blasts are there in abject support. Another stellar track that is on my current playlist, the classic "Heroes" will provide the listener with many happy returns, as the low-end is well served with some amazing bass playing. Simply splendid piece of music.

How do you follow up with anything remotely listenable after such joyous perfection? Well "The Little Grey Cells" has a more menacing feel, a cinematic power prog piece with a heavy space-rock feel, led by a mammoth bass glide that sets the pace convincingly. The absolute unexpected killer bullet is the steamy and sensual sax solo with a sultry, sweaty and slightly perverse sound that will knock you for a loop! Okay, so how do you follow up that one?

Two 6 minute wonders then appear out of the fjord's mist, much to our listening pleasure. On "R.W." spooky sonar bleeps, fuzzy atmospherics and a diaphanous mood will certainly veer the mood, albeit only temporarily as the ornate piano slowly carves out a melancholic reverie. Dense, almost Floydian soundscapes enter the fray, yeah that big bluesy guitar wail we all know and love, giving some much desired angst to the flow. Its more aggressive companion "2280" is more pulsating, almost like highway driving music, with sashaying rhythmic guitar caresses, bubbly synths pinging and ponging out of sight, all served by a relentless bass and drum propeller. The electric lead screeches with tons of sustain and angry desperation amid an electronic bubble bath that Rick Wright would be drooling over, up there in VCS3 heaven!

'Directions' ends with the mammoth "Regulus", an 18 minute+ affair that should blow your mind, possessing initially a rather quirky James Bond-like cinematographic feel , which then develops into a more conventional symphonic piece with electronic slants, abundant raucous snippets, tons of start and stop techniques, playful experimentation, overt directional interludes that all sort of gel well together. The rowdy bass carves nicely its way through the joyous marimba phase, the sweeping synth passages, the drenched organ sections and whatever else Aril throws in its path, be it steamy sax fury, vaporous space fluttering or dissonant insanity.

Broter has a good handle of creating memorable melodies, a necessary prerequisite for first-rate instrumental music, unless of course one is a fan of minimalistic drone electronica or RIO/Avant-garde sonic dysfunction. Fine addition to any prog collection, especially the fans looking for something off the beaten path.

4.5 Norse Weathervanes

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 Directions by PYMLICO album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Pymlico Crossover Prog

Review by PH

4 stars Arild Broter again succeeds in producing an excellent sympho-progressive release, which shows a remarkable stuff. Although instrumental offering, 'Directions' have enough variation between its six pieces to hold the listener's attention. There are multiple time changes while the music varies from the mellow passages to impressive riffing, allowing the individual tracks to create their own emotions and character. All compositions have interesting layers, complex passages and deep structure. The content is really accessible with lots of atmosphere. Every spin can add gentle nuances, particularly from the keyboards that ebb and flow or strong percussion mantle. Subtlety is the name of such game. Since Arild Broter has a deep love for progressive rock of the Golden 70's era (Genesis, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Camel, ELP, UK, Focus etc), influences are heavily stamped over 'Directions'. This release is dedicated to musical legends... PYMLICO is primarily a solo project, but some guest musicians display their melodic interactions. The production is clear to allow all contributions to be heard. For further information, check out the new official website.

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 Inspirations by PYMLICO album cover Studio Album, 2011
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Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Arild BrÝter is the man behind the Norwegian project of Pymlico, former drummer for Lucifer Was in their live performances.He started it all around the spring of 2009, when two demo tapes inspired him to work more on his own music.The next year and a half he focused on composing material for an upcoming debut, eventually released in 2011 as an auto-production under the title ''Inspirations''.BrÝter plays drums, guitars, bass and keyboards and he is helped by several friends, including his brother, on additional keyboard, guitar and bass parts.

So where do the inspirations come from for this Norwegian musician?The answer lies somewhere between the happier parts of THE FLOWER KINGS, the instant and deep melodies of KAIPA and the more grandiose approach of LIFE LINE PROJECT as the closest comparison to his keyboard themes.The album is all instrumental with ideas ranging from good to simply fascinating, featuring a fantastic mix and a very good production.His style swirls mostly around the lines of traditional Symphonic Rock with occasional bits from Jazz and Electronic Music, though quite modern sounding.BrÝter's arrangements are often more than interesting, based on lovely guitar themes and solos, powerful vintage organs and very sharp synthesizers with both melodic and virtuosic passages, always well-crafted and carefully executed.And he never forgets to pass through several different atmospheres.From intense, dramatic textures and spacey introductions to retro-inspired nostalgia and postive, easy-going tunes.

Very good stuff indeed.Excellent addition for all fans of instrumental Classic Progressive Rock and a nice listening for anyone searching for demanding music with positive vibes.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The debut album by this new Norwegian project lead by Arild BrÝter, an ex drummer in Lucifer Was. Arild BrÝter got help from a lot of other musicians on this album.

The music here genre wise miles away from Lucifer Was though. Inspirations is a keyboard and guitar solos driven instrumental album. It has a lot of Camel and Pink Floyd in it. The music here also gives me a lot of associations to Little Tragedies and other Russian keyboards drenched prog albums.

The music is good throughout. The problem is the lack of identity, soul and "bite" in the music. This album balances too close to the muzak genre at times. But the tunes are good and the musicians does a very good job here. But some identity and some more dynamics would not go amiss on the follow up album which is currently in the making. Just a hint.......

3 stars

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