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RHYS MARSH

Crossover Prog • Norway


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Based in Norway, UK born singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Rhys MARSH made his full album solo debut in 2008 with The Fragile State Of Inbetween. Cooperating with fellow musicians worldwide, credited collectively as The Autumn Ghost, two more full length productions have seen the light of day following Marsh initial full length creation: Dulcima in 2009 and The Blue Hour in 2012.

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3.00 | 1 ratings
The Fragile State Of Inbetween
2008
3.10 | 2 ratings
Dulcima
2009
3.38 | 19 ratings
The Blue Hour
2012
3.50 | 2 ratings
Trio
2013

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I Will Find A Way To Reach You
2007
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Liquorice Kiss
2008
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When All's Done
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
You'll Never Fall
2009
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Turning Time
2011

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 The Blue Hour by MARSH, RHYS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.38 | 19 ratings

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The Blue Hour
Rhys Marsh Crossover Prog

Review by J-Man
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3 stars It seems like Norway is one of the most creative locations for progressive music these days, and although Rhys Marsh was originally born in the UK, his Norwegian ensemble known as The Autumn Ghost is a unique force in the country's music scene. Showcasing a mellow and introverted style of art rock, the music heard on The Blue Hour may not sound terribly unique by description alone, but Rhys Marsh clearly directs this ensemble with an ambitious artistic vision. Although The Blue Hour isn't the most exciting release of 2012, it's an interesting little album with some truly interesting things going on.

The Blue Hour can be described as melancholic and intimate art rock with occasional leanings into jazz and post-rock territory. There are some bombastic tracks like "Wooden Heart", but generally things are kept on the more reflective side. What's likely to grab the attention of most listeners here are the unique arrangements - though 'normal' rock instruments like drums, guitar, bass, and keyboards are present, a large portion of the music is dominated by woodwind and brass instruments. From what I understand, this style of arrangement is a 'first' for Rhys Marsh, so it's even more surprising how well it works. The choice of instruments compliments the compositions perfectly, and while the songwriting doesn't excite me too much, I'll acknowledge that a lot of talent certainly went into the making of The Blue Hour.

The album does have a rather strange sounding production (the drums sound especially odd), but it doesn't detract from the overall listening experience. If anything, the raw and unpolished sound quality gives The Blue Hour more of a warm and intimate flavor. This is an album that is largely focused on creating lush atmospheres using unconventional instruments, and from that perspective, The Blue Hour is a tremendous success. Rhys Marsh and the Autumn Ghost has offered their fanbase a very solid listen for their third full-length observation, and I'll definitely recommend this to fans of original and forward-thinking art rock.

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 Dulcima by MARSH, RHYS album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.10 | 2 ratings

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Dulcima
Rhys Marsh Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. Rhys Marsh's second album is more dynamic than his debut but we still get that overriding melancholic vibe with plenty of mellow music. Mattias Olsson (ANGLAGARD) is back helping out on three tracks but Nicklas Barker isn't on this one. We get female vocals on 4 of the 8 tracks and the songs are longer this time around.

"In The Afterglow" is mellow and orchestral sounding to start. It kicks in with female and male vocals. It does settle after 3 minutes but it's brief as it kicks back in with mellotron and more. "The Frightened Souls" is laid back with reserved vocals, piano and strings. "Divide In Silence" has more strings and reserved vocals as we get another mellow tune. "Nine Times Beautiful" is more dynamic with male and female vocals. The drums are prominant at times from Mattias. There's an Eastern vibe as well at times.

"The Safety Of All You Know" is relaxed with reserved vocals. We do get this laid back instrumental section from 3 minutes to after 6 1/2 minutes then the vocals return with a fuller sound. It's orchestral late. "You'll Never Fall" has this beat with mellotron as reserved vocals join in. It does get fuller. "Surrendered" is laid back with piano as fragile vocals join in followed by some atmosphere. "In Dark, In Light" is almost NO-MAN like to start. It becomes fuller as female vocals help out. Nice guitar followed by organ as the drums continue but not the vocals. Vocals are back after 5 minutes then we get a calm 6 1/2 minutes in before it turns orchestral. Vocals are back as we get a full sound again.

Another good one from Rhys and i'd rate this higher than the debut but this isn't the style of music I really enjoy.

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 The Fragile State Of Inbetween by MARSH, RHYS album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.00 | 1 ratings

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The Fragile State Of Inbetween
Rhys Marsh Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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— First review of this album —
3 stars Rhys Marsh is a UK born musician who lives in Norway. I picked up a couple of his recordings last year after reading this brief description on Greg Walker's web-site. He says : "Mellotron drenched dreamy symphonic with members of ANGLAGARD, ANEKDOTEN, WOBBLER and WHITE WILLOW". Well of course i'm going to buy this based on that description ! Lets just say after listening to this cd once I was really disappointed. Well I brought them back out after seeing he was added to this site recently and after many listenes I still feel underwelmed. This really comes across as a mellow singer-songwriter affair that is very laid back, melancholic and mature. Every song has a different lineup as guests help him out on each track. There are two guests here helping out that I was really looking forward to hearing in Nicklas Barker (ANEKDOTEN) on mellotron and Mattias Olsson (ANGLAGARD) on drums, electronics, orchestration and mellotron. Nicklas is on 3 tracks while Mattias is on 2 songs.

"Can't Stop The Dreaming" is laid back with reserved vocals, acoustic guitar, flute and strings. We do get some outbursts though. "Don't Break Your Heart" is also mellow but the mellotron courtesy of Mattias before 4 minutes is excellent. "When All's Done" is a rare energetic tune with trumpet and flute helping out. "All Light Fades" is where he is stripped down to a 3 piece. A ballad-like tune that features Mattias on mellotron, drums and orchestration. "Lit By Night" is more of the same but more majestic i'd say and we get female vocals helping out.

"I Watched, As You Disappeared" is probably my favourite and it has Nicklas on mellotron and this song is quite dreamy. "Liquorice Kiss" is an intricate sounding song with vocals. It's fuller before 1 1/2 minutes but not for long. "As I See You There" is another dreamy tune but i'm not a fan of the steel pedal that gives this a Counrty flavour. "Undone" is acoustic guitar with laid back vocals bringing NO-MAN to mind. Mellotron 3 minutes in. "Spoken" is the longest song with the biggest lineup(11 people). Probably the most ambitious track on here as well.

So this will appeal to some of you no doubt, but it's just not the style of music I enjoy.

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 The Blue Hour by MARSH, RHYS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.38 | 19 ratings

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The Blue Hour
Rhys Marsh Crossover Prog

Review by Music By Mail

4 stars This is the third album by the English musician based in Trondheim, Norway. Trondheim is known among other things for its very active musical scene, especially the jazz one. So it's not a wonder that someone like Rhys Marsh has settled down there. What I am more curious about is to find out if its location played a major role in the feelings expressed by our man. Because delicate and thoughtful, melancholic atmospheres habit this new album, quite close to No-Man's climates; even the leader's voice somehow evokes Tim Bowness; semi orchestral arrangements with a predilection for *lesser often used* brass and wind instruments (bass clarinet, oboe, bassoon) are a true pleasure, associated to plaintive other (pedal steel, zither) and a lot more. You will even be able to hear the difference between the mellotron and its forerunner the Chamberlin. A great album with plenty of subtle touches and fragile, languish musical drops of meditative and nostalgic, laid back character!

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 The Blue Hour by MARSH, RHYS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.38 | 19 ratings

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The Blue Hour
Rhys Marsh Crossover Prog

Review by dtguitarfan

4 stars Rhys Marsh is an English singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist & producer who is now located in Norway. His 'multi-national orchestra', The Autumn Ghost, features members of Jaga Jazzist, Anekdoten, The National Bank, Wobbler, White Willow, Änglagård, Emmerhoff & The Melancholy Babies, Pelbo, In Lingua Mortua, The Irrepressibles & The Divine Comedy. Blue Hour is the third album by Rhys Marsh & The Autumn Ghost, and is set to be released September 11th, 2012. With this release, they have stepped into new territory ? strings and mellotrons are replaced by brass and woodwinds, as well as a new vocal style that has been simplified, using less thick harmonies but often combine male and female vocals singing in unison.

Now, I have to stop here and confess to my audience that I had a difficult time figuring out how to write about this album. I actually found it to be quite a unique musical experience (especially considering my "usual"), but despite this (maybe because of it) I found it difficult to come up with the words to describe it. After some serious writer's block, the following is what I've come up with: I hope it does this album justice. Blue Hour is an experience that I feel would best be enjoyed by turning the lights down dim, starting up your player, and lying down with your eyes closed to enjoy the whole thing. It is warm, ambient, melancholic, and very peaceful. Rhys' vocals, combined with the gentle orchestration, are very soothing and make the listener forget the stress and cares of the world outside. The compositions take their time building up and are carefully arranged, it seems. But this is not to say they are not dynamic ? there are tempo and rhythm changes throughout, as well as mood shifts. But the album as a whole has a very intimate, calming effect and is quite a beautiful experience. I would highly recommend this to Symphonic Prog fans, as well as anyone looking for an ambient experience.

Originally written for www.seaoftranquility.org

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