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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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3.18 | 12 ratings
Inspirations
2011
3.94 | 19 ratings
Directions
2012
4.51 | 15 ratings
Guiding Light
2014

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 Guiding Light by PYMLICO album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.51 | 15 ratings

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Guiding Light
Pymlico Crossover Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars I will not deceive anyone into thinking that I am an exclusive prog fan! Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry will always be my number 1 but I also deeply enjoy the John Foxx/Ultravox/Midge Ure style of cold sizzling electronica. Pymlico is a Norwegian prog band that combines progressive rock tendencies with a 'cool' sense of modernity, a synthesizer heaven with blazing melodies, thumping rhythmic drive and a clear and polished sound. Their 2 previous all-instrumental albums had a wondrous sense of adventure, the style that non-proggers would describe as 'video game music', a term perhaps meant to be only slightly derogatory but let's face it, it has helped sell an ocean liner load of games across the globe.

The spooky front cover does give one the creeps but its just an innocent tourist in a hoody, which may be lethal only in Miami, Florida, I guess. .But the music within the artwork is sensational, highly atmospheric (the way I like my prog) and extraordinarily balanced between accessible and detailed. Truth is the content is highly charged and emotional, due in no small part to that mesmerizing saxophone. I often asked myself why Dick Parry did not get more credit for exfoliating Pink Floyd's deep psychedelic jungle and blowing so many passionately incredible strains into the stratosphere!

Pymlico is the brainchild of Arild Broter, a drummer for heavy rock band Lucifer Was displays a great rhythmic mastery as well as composing some sparkling cinematographic pieces that simply go beyond the norm. His beat is solid, the bass wielded by Axel Reite carves in sync, a great tandem between the two. Brother Oyvind Broter shoots off some celestial synthesizer streaks, as well divine piano, organ and e-piano. There are also two guitarists to fill in the sound, both Mads Horn and Stephan Hvinden show great chops, tones and textures that span a great many styles.

"Guiding Light" is way more homogeneous and free-flowing than their two first albums , which were more piece-oriented, showing a greater attention to detail and placement, each track flowing nicely into the next thrilling chapter, with a plethora of comfort moments , either a sharp chorus , a sizzling melody , often both within the same track. Needless to restate the playing is absolutely spot-on, a major prerequisite for instrumental-only prog. On "The Sounds of The City", the listener is rattled by the main synthesized air, the choppy rhythmic convulsions, the threatening guitars and finally, the manner in which they all blend harmoniously. Damn good modern prog!

The glorious saxophone takes center stage on "The East Side", conjuring all kinds of urban images of twilight party goers, fumbling for their Audi keys, while the stiletto-heeled vixen adjusts her mascara. Yeah, the music is both sensual, misty, gritty and yet still energized. Pymlico also enjoys venturing into more modernistic zones, infusing Middle Eastern motifs into moody electronic puddles of sound, bolstered by mammoth drum patterns and hypnotic improvisations, as best showcased on the tempestuous "Wanderlust".

They are unafraid of complexity when called upon, as they display acrobatic chops on the fiercely named "Bobcat", a wild adventure full of feline grace, intricate attitude that borders hard-jazz and also some serious grace under pressure, as exemplified by the sublime e-piano sheen that evokes sultry images of fantasy. The main theme is immediate, in contrast to the rather dislocated intro, a perfect example of their genial compositional craft.

Being a bass fanatic, I fell to my knees in abject surrender upon hearing the four-string line played by Axel Reite on the highlight track "Piz Gloria", a cannonading assault on the senses, only made more compelling by the masterful keys , a swirling overhead synth in particular, that will just leave you gaga. The main benefit of instrumental prog is that you need no lyrics or voice to guide you towards your own interpretation of the notes being played and you can thus create your own little world of musical fantasy.

The majestic 13 minute+ "Neptune" ends this loving affair on a high note, and what better instrument to supply this 'high' note than that bitchy sax, here partnered by a lyrical guitar rant. Being such a Roxy fan, I am always under the spell of Andy Mackay's sax and oboe and I now realize why I am so enamored with this style of music, as it's like a combination of vocal-less Pink Floyd and Roxy Music. It should therefore come to no surprise that Gilmour and Manzanera have been loyal friends and partners for the past 20 years or so. Both fret maestros Horn and Hvinden are inspired to emulate their idols and to shatter the speakers with dueling axe explorations that defy explanations. The urgency picks up half way through and one has no choice but to succumb to the sublime delivery and the unending creativity displayed!

As it stands, "Guiding Light" just might wind up among the very best 2014 albums, a compelling instrumental masterpiece of the highest order. I haven't heard 'The Endless River" yet (it's on order) but it better be good coz these Norsemen have made one hell of a torrent. This is my kind of very 'saxy' prog!

5 Recon Luminosities

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 Guiding Light by PYMLICO album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.51 | 15 ratings

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Review by PH

5 stars PYMLICO is a brainchild of Norwegian talent Arild Brøter who surrounds himself with several partners. The chairperson's brother Øyvind can be heard on piano and organ, Axel Toreg Reite is here for bass performance, Larry Saltzman provides flute and percussion, Ivan Mazuze delivers saxophone. This particular squad weaves imagery and mood within an instrumental framework. Pymlico now bring their most mature work to date, entitled 'Guiding Light'. From the opener 'A Day Out' until the farewell passages of seventh track 'Neptune' the musical content sounds like entrancing alchemy with lots of room to maneuver, plenty of scope to explore a level of diversity, nice melodies in abundance. It draws the listener into journey of emotion and thought. Being a very good composer, arranger, drummer, keyboardist, guitar player, Arild Brøter still remains loyal to his source of inspiration: halcyon days of the Golden era. In terms of construction, CD 'Guiding Light' has relation to Alan Parsons Project as well as apparent vibes of Genesis, interrupted by Arabic motifs and jazzy elements. All these accents are superbly executed. The use of distinctive credentials, subtle nuances and variety should satisfy prog aficionados. So... if vocals aren't a prerequisite, then this excellent album is for you.

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 Inspirations by PYMLICO album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.18 | 12 ratings

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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
3.94 | 19 ratings

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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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 Directions by PYMLICO album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.94 | 19 ratings

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Pymlico Crossover Prog

Review by tszirmay
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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
3.94 | 19 ratings

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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
3.18 | 12 ratings

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Pymlico Crossover Prog

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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