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SEA VINE

Neo-Prog • Poland


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A novel Polish rock project SEA VINE were founded in 2012 as an art rock duo by Michał CYWIŃSKI (keyboards, guitars, drums) and Milena SZYMAŃSKA (voices) for playing "illustrative / improvised music created with analogue instruments" obviously inspired by Tony banks, Rick Wakeman, or Rick Wright. Each of them has his/her own musical experience or emotion, that creates their original music universe.

Their first eponymous album has been released via Lynx Music upon November 11, 2013.

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2.38 | 6 ratings
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2.38 | 6 ratings

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Review by kev rowland
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2 stars Although this is being portrayed as a band album, for the most part this is the work of keyboard player Michal Cywinski, who also provides drums (ok, programming) on five of the six songs. With a guest guitarist on 1, a drummer on another, and a singer only on a few, one wonders why he hasn't put this out as a straight solo project and why did he get the others involved at all? Michal has a wonderful touch on piano, and the production is quite superb so that one has a great presence of being with him in the room. But, what I do find strange is that on the solo piano piece, "Going Anywhere", there are a few wrong notes so I wonder why that has been kept in?

It appears that he is more at home with piano than electronic keyboards, as the sounds being deployed are often very dated, and without the passion and emotion that comes through when he is playing more naturally. There are times when this album does cross into the more Tangerine Dream electronic style, and not always in the best way possible. But, the major issue I have with this album is with singer Milena Szymanska who for the most part does a fine job with her clear vocals, but there are passages where she is obviously struggling. I could understand that appearing in the final product if this was a live album (with no re-recording, not that anyone ever does that..) but there is no excuse with a studio effort. So although there were parts of the album that were really quite pleasant, it was rarely more than that and at times it was worse, so this isn't something to which I will often be returning. www.lynxmusic.pl

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2.38 | 6 ratings

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Review by Wiesmin

3 stars I'm glad to be the first one to write the review of this album. The band should have someone at their side although I'll try to be as much critical as possible. I'm on their side and wishing them all the best for one simple reason - I live quite nearby, in Rumia and they're from Gdansk (which is around 30 km for those living "abroad"). So much for the introduction...

Despite what you can find over the internet that the music is influenced by Tony Banks or Rick Wakeman you'll be rather disappointed if you'd like to hear a copy of the music of those famous guys. The sound of the background layers reminds of Eloy circa about 1980, some other sounds are quite similar to the music of Marek Bilinski from the beginning of 80s. But then the cooperation of the keyboards with the drums is quite similar to American retro duo Zombi, as well as the sound of the equipment used. This gives you the best idea what you can find on the debut album. Of course the combination of all elements is quite unique however is dangerously close to Zombi in general. Sometimes the only thing to tell the difference is Milena's vocal which is used too rarely in my opinion. Of course I know that the convention requires less vocals and much more space for the instrumental parts. But progressive rock is general for breaking all the conventions, isn't it?

The sound is quite good. The idea of improvised music combined with quite nice melodies is also good. What's wrong then? Unfortunately there are couple of things. First of all I cannot feel the band's chemistry in that. It's a project not a band. The music coming from a band should be more organic. Second is what I already mentioned ? almost lack of vocals. The proportions between vocal parts and instrumental parts are not quite well balanced. Also I can hear some mistakes recorded in the vocal parts (Circus). That shouldn't be on the final album. The rest is the matter of individual taste and you have to listen to that to make your own mind. But the general impression is quite positive. Sea Vine have the unique sound, they're quite recognizable which is rather sensational on the first album. I believe that the second one will be better. To be honest I wish them that.

PS. Actual rating should be 3,5. But it's impossible to rate like this here. It's not "Teraz Rock" after all...

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