The Gift: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2734" rel="nofollow - http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2734 , gave us one of the best prog albums of 2006 with their 2CD debut release 'Awake And Dreaming', and talk was in November of last year that a new album 'Land Of Shadows' would be released in January 2013.
It is indeed already on our site: http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=39778" rel="nofollow - http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=39778 , added somewhat prematurely with January 2013 as the release date...
Well, it is finally coming to us in both CD and digital formats in November this year, with presales starting in September to coincide with Summers End.
Due to personal circumstances, Simon Godfrey has had to pull out of the re-mixing ‘Land Of Shadows’. He was enjoying the challenge but has had to focus his efforts elsewhere for the time being. The new helmsman is the wonderful Tim Lawrie, a brilliant young engineer who has already earned his stripes with Manning and Shineback. The initial fruits of his labour will be showcased on a cover CD of the UK 'Prog' magazine before the nights start drawing in...
Not only is the Gift's sophomore release finally about to see the light of day, there is already talk of a third album!
On Friday 31st May, The Gift officially signed to Bad Elephant Music. The label, brainchild of David Elliott and James Allen, is already home to The Fierce And The Dead and Shineback, so the band find themselves in prestigious company. BEM is devoted to truly progressive music, and it really does ‘do it for the art’ - a claim often made but seldom fulfilled. The band is delighted, and assure us that there will be a much shorter gap between ‘Land Of Shadows’ and its follow up. We hear dark mutterings that it will be a double concept album (!) provisionally titled ‘Pandemonium’. More of which anon....
As well as a new record label, the band have also announced a new six-man line-up:
The Gift’s debut album was created by a line-up which disbanded almost as soon as it formed. For Mike Morton in particular, this was profoundly frustrating, as he always had a vision for a full, concept-driven live show. In 2010, Mike joined forces with David Lloyd, and together they created The Gift’s second album, ‘Land Of Shadows’ (to be released later this year). In order to fully realise both albums onstage, the band is now a 6-man live unit.
Its members are:
- Mike Morton: vocals, flute and acoustic guitar
- David Lloyd: lead and rhythm guitar
- Gary Lucas: lead and rhythm guitar
- Franz Vitulli: bass
- Samuele Matteucci: keyboards
- Joe Gadian-Morton: drums and percussion
This new line-up spans 2 generations of ‘proggers’. Mike, David and Gary were there in the 70s (more hair - smaller waistlines), whereas Joe, Sam and Franz are young upstarts whose awakening came in the 90s with Spocks Beard, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree etc. They then rewound avidly through older collections (in Joe’s case, his Dad’s!) Having discovered the joys of Genesis, Yes, Crimson and co., their musical fates were sealed. So the new live sound will be a heady mixture of vintage and contemporary...
More info at: http://www.thegiftmusic.com" rel="nofollow - http://www.thegiftmusic.com