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UK act FLICKER can trace their roots back to the late 1990's, when Ellis Mordecai and Peter Coussens started playing together. Following a stint as part of indiependent artist Martin Grech's backing band, the two decided that they wanted to form their own band. Flicker have existed in one form or another for the better part of a decade by now, initially alongside Andrew Day (guitars) and Jimmy Fletcher (drums). Initial drummer Fletcher left the band however, replaced by Darren Laurie, and when Lauroe left Vaughan Abrey joined to complete their current line-up. Flicker released their debut album "How Much Are You Willing To Forget?" in January 2013, so far as a digital production only.

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 How Much Are You Willing To Forget? by FLICKER album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.89 | 51 ratings

How Much Are You Willing To Forget?
Flicker Crossover Prog

Review by Martin Mankind

5 stars Rarely these days does an album demand attention in the way that Flickers 'How much are you willing to forget' does. I can't remember the last album I bought that was so engaging.

Whilst there are plenty of female rock acts making genuinely interesting music at the moment, this is the first all male act to make something that sounds new, accessible and interesting that I've heard in a good while.

It is clear that the song writing is coming from experience, it sounds honest and open, full of integrity, there are no fillers on this album.

A work of art from beginning to end.

 How Much Are You Willing To Forget? by FLICKER album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.89 | 51 ratings

How Much Are You Willing To Forget?
Flicker Crossover Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars A collection of very strong crossover Prog songs with wonderful melodies, great structural and instrumental hooks in the vein of PORCUPINE TREE, AIRBAG, PINK FLOYD, and even a little bit of THE WHO. 2. "Go" (3:02) (7/10) takes me back to the 70s Fripp-assisted work of Peter Gabriel or Brian Eno. Some of the songs (like 3. "Out There" [6:00] [8/10], 6. "Everywhere Face" [4:37] [9/10], and especially 8. "Breathless" [8:20] [9/10]) sound so much like STEVEN WILSON/PORCUPINE TREE that it almost could be. (Is "Flicker" yet another Steven Wilson project??!!) Listening to the gorgeous Satie- and Rachmaninoff-inflected 9. "Is This Real Life?" (6:35) (9/10) I thought I was listening to RADIOHEAD!

My favorite songs are the album's two most original songs--the ones that, to me, sound the least like other bands: 4. "My Empty Head" (6:43) with its awesome final four minutes' instrumental jam (9/10) and 5. "Counting Time" (7:31) (9/10), and the Marco Gl'mmann/SYLVAN-like "Falling Down" (6:35) (8/10).

I have to admit that this is a very, very nice set of songs--especially for a debut album. Though often a bit familiar, they all stand on their own--are not total 'remakes' or ripoffs of the groups that they sound like.

Solid four stars.

P.S. Anyone else out there think they're hearing the voice of Pete Townsend singing on "Out There"?

 How Much Are You Willing To Forget? by FLICKER album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.89 | 51 ratings

How Much Are You Willing To Forget?
Flicker Crossover Prog

Review by horza
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Excellent album from a band I confess I don't know that much about. Their hometown is Aylesbury and they have been performing and recording for over ten years. The 'interweb' revealed their influences to be Radiohead, Pink Floyd and Incubus. This album was released in January of 2013 and features 9 tracks. The album cover is striking and is pretty 'prog' to me. Can you tell a band is prog by the cover? I think album covers sometimes reveal intent, and to this extent I wasn't disappointed. The band is comprised of Ellis Mordecai (great name!) on guitar/vocals, Andrew Day on guitar, Peter Coussens on bass and Vaughan Abrey on drums. Mordecai and Coussens apparently have a musical connection dating back to the late 90's.

The album opens strongly with 'Out There'. It features piano, so someone uncredited plays keyboards on this album. Mordecai's vocals remind me of John Young from Lifesigns. I must say it is pleasing to see yet another album from a band I like as much as Lifesigns. It's nice to know there is still life in the old prog genre. This band would fit nicely alongside Steven Wilson. The melodies are well-structured and weave in and out intricately. The second song 'My Empty Head' demonstrates a confidence and surehandedness which reminds me very much of aforementioned Mr. Wilson. 'Counting Time' is a mid-tempo song which reminds me of early Floyd in places. I really like Mordecai's vocals on this song. 'Breathless' begins with a nice spanish-style acoustic guitar section. There is a sublimal 'Hotel California' motif (check it for yourself and see if I'm right) and then the vocals kick in. This is a great song and the longest track here. The lyrics are thoughtful and intelligent. Thank god - I like a good lyric - it even helps when they are thought-provoking. If Steven Wilson has enough on his plate, a great double bill would be a tour featuring Flicker and Lifesigns. Just a thought. 'Intro' is next - a stacatto instrumental heralding the excellent track 'Go', which is my favourite on the album. The guitar phrasing is excellent and the song again features pleasant, unstrained vocals from Ellis Mordecai. The next three tracks are solid and, all in all, I would like to recommend this album to those of you who have yet to check them out. I don't think you will be disappointed.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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