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TUMBLETOWN is a studio project by Han UIL (sEVEN DAY HUNT, ANTARES and solo works) and Aldo Adema (EGDON HEATH, SEVEN DAY HUNT). A collaboration between two skilled producers, guitarists and composers.

Both played together in the progressive rock formation SEVEN DAY HUNT, a continuation of EGDON HEATH. The 2008 debut release 'File This Dream' was hailed by the press as 'the album of the year has come early' (Progwereld) and 'vette krent' (recommended by iO pages). This album was produced and mixed by guitarist Aldo. Han was the band's vocalist/lyricist who also co-produced and mastered the album.

Aldo and Han left SEVEN DAY HUNT in 2009. Aldo wanted to concentrate more on studio recording and production work. Meanwhile Han recorded and produced his second solo album 'Dark in Light' (2010). Han and Aldo co-operated on one songs of this album 'Memento'. Because this successful cooperation, they both decided to start a new studio project. TUMBLETOWN was born.

In 2011 Aldo was asked by the Dutch neo-proggers SILHOUETTE to produce their third album 'Across the Rubicon'. TUMBLETOWN took an half-a-year break so Aldo could focus on this production. Aldo had already appeared with a guest performance on their second album 'Moods'. Han mastered their highly successful album which was released June 2012.

In the same month the first TUMBLETOWN video saw the light featuring the song 'One Goal'. This is a protest song against the Syrian regime and in support of the Syrian resistance.

Musically TUMBLETOWN is a brilliant mix of progressive and mainstream rock. They are influenced by a wide scale of artists like; BLACKFIELD, KARMAKANIC, THE BEATLES, SPOCK'S BEARD, Neil YOUNG, David BOWIE, Nick CAVE and PINK FLOYD.

Just before Christmas 2012, a second youtube video was released 'The end of Hyde'.The album features guest appearances by Erik LAAN (SILHOUETTE) on keyboards, Marcel COPINI (EGDON HEATH & SEVEN DAY HUNT) on bass and Carola MAGERMANS (SEVEN DAY HUNT) delivered a vocal contribution.

TumbleTown's debut album was released by FREIA Music, a Dutch independent music label in June 2013.

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4.07 | 28 ratings
Done with the Coldness
3.79 | 43 ratings
Never Too Late

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3.79 | 43 ratings

Never Too Late
TumbleTown Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

3 stars This is the second album from Tumbletown, a band made up of some musicians I am sure that many progheads will be familiar with. I remember Egdon Heath from their second album, 1991's 'The Killing Silence, and guitarist/bassist Aldo Adema was involved with that band for many years while keyboard player Erik Laan is from the mighty Silhouette and singer/guitarist Han Uil was with Aldo in Seven Day Hunt. The line-up is completed by drummer Arjan Laan. Musically this is crossover prog, and I can't work out if I keep being reminded of Roxy Music during 'Avalon' due to their classic song of the same name, of if there really are similarities during the chorus. The rest of the time they are nothing like Roxy, as they move through many different styles of progressive music from prog metal through symphonic and others, but always melodic and interesting.

But I have to confess that I am not a massive fan of the lead vocals, as there is something about them that jars with me. Some of the scanning is a little clunky as well, which can sometimes be an issue when people are recording in a language different to their own native tongue, but here it appears to be more of a problem than normal. There are also passages where it doesn't always gel together as it should, with the result being that one starts to wonder if there was an external producer involved, and quickly coming to the conclusion that there couldn't have been. It would be interesting to hear what someone like Karl Groom or Cllive Nolan would have done with this if they had been involved, as while the production is strong and clear, it is the arrangements that let this album down.

There are times when I feel that I am listening to a 4 or 5* album, and then there are others that make me wonder why I am playing it at all. Overall this isn't a bad album in that there are some great musical passages, but there just isn't the continuity and songwriting that makes me want to return to it again.

Thanks to evolver for the artist addition.

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