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Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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UK band BARON was formed in 2010 by former Diagonal members Alex Crispin and Luke Foster, later joined by Peter Evans and Blue Firth. They released their debut album in 2010, and from 2012 and onwards a steady stream of productions and live appearances have followed this initial album.

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4.50 | 4 ratings
Illegitimate Nephew
2010
3.89 | 8 ratings
Columns
2013
4.07 | 9 ratings
Torpor
2015

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New Follower
2012
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Bile
2012
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Moto
2013

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 Torpor by BARON album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.07 | 9 ratings

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Baron Crossover Prog

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars This Brighton respectively Nottingham based band features former DIAGONAL members Luke Foster (drums) and Alex Crispin (guitar, vocals). 'Torpor' is their second album, if you won't count a demo release from 2010 in. Well, there's not any chance to pigeonhole them stylistically, as they are embracing diverse genres with ease. Their debut 'Columns', released two years before, could not convince me in its entirety, due to a mixed bag of impressions, like green fruit somehow. Except the song 'Sinner' - this one in some way sounds in anticipation of the new recordings - still has a place in my best-of collection, ensured to keep this band in good memory.

While the cover art comes a bit shy, minimalistic, the musical content has plenty to offer. It's a sophisticated production, a fairly mystic album moreover. I mean, just take the heavy-hearted Mark Maker and especially the organ during the last two minutes - then it depends on your mood next - either it will serve some bad feeling like attending a funeral, or alternatively it appears as something wonderful melancholic. Overall there's a relaxed, captivating and even hypnotic feel to state. This will clarify some references to kraut rock, which are coming up here and there regarding this band.

Deeper Align eventually grooves though, at least for a while, an exception from the standard. The acoustic ballad Dark Down sees Joe Hollick of Wolf People fame assisting on acoustic guitar. Occasionally you will detect glimpses of Tame Impala's psych folk pop as well as Talk Talk's deep melancholy. On the other hand Stry, courtesy of Joe Hollick again, evolves into a heavy space post rock tune par excellence during the course. Provided with the mantra 'Can You See In The Dark?' Wild Cry marks the album highlight then.

It's a perfect song, the nice repetitive organ theme as well as Alex Crispin's guitar and voice are excellently matching. The drone excursion Albedo Dei finally closes a really successfull journey when crossing a rather unique BARON cosmos. While being equipped with a fair amount of psychedelic essence, including different complementing facets and enchanting melodies, this album has turned out well. The crew is on course definitely.

 Columns by BARON album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.89 | 8 ratings

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Baron Crossover Prog

Review by Guldbamsen
Special Collaborator Retired Admin

4 stars Post-Punk strikes again!

Swooping out the ribcage of modern psych proggers Diagonal, British Baron sound like they've taken it upon themselves to resurrect the glory days of the post-punk scene. With Alex Crispin and Luke Foster tuning in from the aforementioned band, one could very easily be lead into thinking that Baron's work resides somewhere between the sounds of 1970 and the sprouting neo-psychedelia scene of today, yet what you find instead is, indeed, something akin to the dark and, at times, gothic ambiances of the 80s, with acts such as Japan, Swans, Killing Joke and Echo and the Bunnymen firmly held in check.

What on earth is this band doing on here then? - you might be asking yourself by now. Well, it's not all that clear cut when you get down to the heart of it. Seeping over from Diagonal are some murky, treacherous and swirling keyboards, that all through this album bob and writhe in whatever tasty dressing the track is in need of. Often these sections are mixed up with some twitchy rhythmic turnovers, a touch of ambient synths as well as something that on occasion sounds remotely close to that of prog rock........but it's not - not entirely that is.

With a deep booming voice, Alex feels like he has finally found his place musically. While one could hear traces of this characteristic boom in a tune like the ending Pact off the Diagonal debut, it is more upfront and secure of itself on Columns. What it mostly sounds like is David Sylvian on a particularly inspired day, albeit with a connotation of it's own - something warm and, at the same time, ethereal latched onto it. Personally, I'm just a sucker for the 80s crooners. Folks like Sylvian and Brendan Perry who brought Frank Sinatra and Jim Morrison up to date, are, and have always been, faves of mine. It's the boom I guess...

Add to the sombre atmospheres of 1984, or something to that effect, we get served with snippets of horn and clarinet from a guy called Nick Whittaker. Together with Ross Hossack on synth these two guesting musicians fill up the remaining room with everything from icy sound sculptures to earthy and rather angular riffs. The latter part mostly due to the wind instruments and the tricky character they assume from time to time.

From vocals that linger in your skull like dark and beautiful man echoes to soaring synth and keyboards bubbling up through the airwaves, this album is anything but an old recipe done anew. No, what it feels like and sounds like is unfinished business. Music that was supposed to have bridged the experimental and earthy bits of the 70s with the serene and dark cold of the following decade. You'd be hard pressed to find such a thing in the 80s - at least done like this with such warmth and vitality to the recording. Columns fuses the two, and not only through a series of wonderfully crafted melodies, but also in the poignantly sharp lyrics that fly out of your speakers like darts with a purpose.

Recommended to all you people who look down your noses at music with but a mere hint of the 80s. Listen to this little gem and eat your words, thoughts and preconceived ideas about music you probably know next to nothing about.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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