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A Californian trio rooted in progressive rock music, particularly that of the Canterbury scene, AMPLEDEED is an eclectic group using various guests to round out its sound. The three primary members are Aaron GOLDICH on vocals and keyboards, Max TAYLOR on vocals, keyboards, and bass, and Luis FLORES on guitars and vocals. Their album, A is for Ampledeed, was released in 2013.

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3.89 | 15 ratings
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 BYOB by AMPLEDEED album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.82 | 41 ratings

Ampledeed Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars US band AMPLEDEED was formed back in 2011, consisting of half of the members of progressive rock band The Source now teaming up with new bandmates. They released their debut album "A Is for Ampledeed" in 2013. "BYOB" is their second studio production, and was self-released by the band at the start of 2016.

There are many bands out there that aims to recreate the sounds, moods and atmospheres of the vintage era progressive rock bands. Ampledeed is a good example of a band doing just that, and managing to do so without coming across as sounding too alike to any of the giants of yesteryear. If vintage era progressive rock is your thing, then Ampledeed is a band that merits a check, and "BYOB" comes across as a splendid manner in which to start getting to know the qualities of this band.

 BYOB by AMPLEDEED album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.82 | 41 ratings

Ampledeed Eclectic Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars A band inspired by prog rock tradition, Ampledeed are three young men schooled in art schools of California who have an undeniably rich and creative connection. While this album, their second, shows tremendous growth it also shows tremendous potential. There is some greatness ahead if these guys choose to continue to work together and hone their skills (especially on the sound/engineerign side). And this "criticism" of a truly wonderful, memorable album!

1. "Triple Cancer Moon" (6:45) opens with the weird sound effects that might accompany a classic Canterbury song but then opens, musically, with some awesome TOE-like Post Rock weave, but then just as quickly shifts with three layers of vocals (two female, LISA VITALE and ALLY TAYLOR, and one male) and several more shifts in tempo and style. Awesome! My favorite section is the third minute with its syncopated band play and the interesting male vocals that preceed the return of the two dialoguing females. At 3:45 we are then treated to the introduction of a must seductive hook in the form of a moving synth arpeggio (not unlike several of Tony BANKS' portamentos on The Lamb Lies Down on Broadaway). Curiously, the sixth minute becomes quite prog-like before it slows down to some very King Crimsonian ending. Amazing opener! (10/10)

2. "My Plane" (3:29) sounds like it could come straight off of an ECHOLYN album. The organ play in the third minute is the highlight for me. (8/10)

3. "You're a Libra . . . and She's a Bitch" (5:42) is very prog symphonic in the CIRRUS BAY vein with awesome faux British vocal (biting sarcasm!), guitar, drums and piano, but the song puts up front and center the band's need to grow in terms of engineering and keyboard/computer sound choices and effects. (8/10)

4. "Garden Gnomes" (4:24) opens like a lost GENESIS song, but then turns out to sound most like BILL GILLIAM's wonderfully melodic, keyboard-led work with CIRRUS BAY. Great electric guitar work from Luis Fiores but one of the weaker, less dynamic constructs on the album. Also, the weakest vocal/lyrical-musical match on the album. Still, these guys have so much potential! (8/10)

5. "Monolithium" (7:10) opens with some Russian-sounding solo classical piano play. Cymbals crash and bass joins in before the male voice(s) join in. Despite the song's slow pace it has a very comfortable, engaging harmonic and melodic construct. At 2:30 the tempo increases in a kind of TOM POWERS way before settling into another pleasant BILL GILLIAM/CIRRUS BAY-like instrumental groove. The little Latin rhythm incorpration at 4:30 is clever (and could go further, IMHO) as is the gradual bridge used to slow the song back down at 5:20. The final minute reminds me a lot of THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE. Nice job. Definitely memorable. (9/10)

6. "I Will Not Wait" (3:34) with lead vocals handed off to ALLY TAYLOR sounds very much like a song from a THIEVES' KITCHEN album. Ally's AMY DARBY-like voice is quite impressive; no wonder she has a burgeoning solo career launched and on its rise. (9/10)

7. "On My Mind the Gap for Kids " (1:18) is a nice electric keyboard solo.

8. "Steve Lied" (2:52) sees the band fall back into a little Echolyn-tinged Neo Prog. It's nice. Pleasant. Melodic. Has Interesting vocals and lyrics. But somehow misses. (8/10)

9. "The Space between Your Face" (5:10) is one of my favorites. It reminds me of 2014's FREDDEGREDDE release. Man these guys can sing! Such buttery voices! And I LOVE the HOMUNCULUC RES-like Casiotone-like synthesizer keyboard used on this one. Great piano, bass, and drums weave! Man these guys have talent and potential. (10/10)

The totally funked up Canterbury-oriented, 10. "The Greatest Gatsby" (9:46) is awesome! An instrumental of epic proportions with great work on piano and other keys (bass, too), drums. Great construction, complex but not mind- bendingly so. (9/10).

11. "Muffin Man" (6:59) sounds like it is intended to be a tribute to America's only other true Canterbury band, The Muffins. The song has VINCE GURALDI-like chord progressions and nice vocals and drum work--and even some special effects worked into the song (beneath Luis's nice HACKETT-esque guitar solo in the sixth minute)--giving it a kind of GENESIS feel to it, before it returns to solo piano chord play for the final 45 seconds (which lends further confirmation to my notion that the true leader and backbone of this band is its keyboard player, AARON GOLDICH). A song that really grows on you. (9/10)

I like the complex weaves the multi-instruments create throughout the album and I especially like the diverse approaches to styling the male vocals. I am very excited to follow these talented young musicians as their talent is undeniable. I think that more experience with the sound/engineering side and even more time together will serve these artists very well. The future is incandescent for AMPLEDEED!

 A Is For Ampledeed by AMPLEDEED album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.89 | 15 ratings

A Is For Ampledeed
Ampledeed Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars US band AMPLEDEED was formed back in 2011, the result of a series of late night jam sessions that eventually led to the formation of a band unit with the threesome of Aaron, Max and Luis as the permanent members. Following a creative phase the threesome enlisted some musician friends to record the album's worth of material they had assembled, and the end result was self-released in 2013 as the CD "A Is for Ampledeed".

"A Is for Ampledeed" is an album title that speaks volumes for the self-confidence of this young US trio, and at least to some extent, I'd vouch for that confidence to have a firm foundation too. The minor reservation is first and foremost a question of whether or not you find vintage sounding progressive rock to be interesting or not. If you do, and especially if you enjoy bands such as Gentle Giant and King Crimson mixed with jazz-rock and jazz-oriented details, Ampledeed is a band that merits a check.

 A Is For Ampledeed by AMPLEDEED album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.89 | 15 ratings

A Is For Ampledeed
Ampledeed Eclectic Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Ampledeed is a young band from USA formed by vocalist , guitarist Aaron Goldich from defunct prog rock band The Source who released only two albums. He is helped by another two musicians who were aswell bandmates with him in The Source, Luis Flores and Max Taylor. Ampledeed released first offer last year 2013 named very suggestive A is from Ampledeed. Well, what I like on this band is the great amount of original ideas gathered here. The musicianship is excellent going very easy from mellow passages to more uptempo, always in elegant manner. The music is something between canterbury and jazzy flowours to psychedelic overtones, and all smells big time of early to mid '70s. The music is varied, well constructed, is clear that the musicians involved here play for pleasure not for money, very happy, delightfull passages on many pieces like the opener We Breathe Time, very reminescent of National Health, Soft Machine and alike, another truly inspired and original at best tune at least for me, is the short only 44 seconds It's Hard Work to Work (When You're Hard), what a beautiful and elegant piece, excellent, the analog keyboards are absolutly killer , Wake of the Galaxy and few more are top notch. All in all one of the most pleasent albums of 2013 for sure, I like'em a lot, Amledeed is like a fresh air in over populated prog scene. recommended, 4 stars for sure, digital or CD available on cdbaby. Love the art work aswell.
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