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Inner Light Orchestra

 

Eclectic Prog

3.71 | 16 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

I'm not exactly sure how and when and why Uzva just disappeared, but three of the members of its last incarnation found their way into this ILO project, including leader Puska, hornman Lauronen and drummer Vaatainen (sorry for the missing '''). One better not look too hard for the Uzva sound in this project: gone are the folk and jazz influences (though the sax interventions are still jazzy), because we're definitely in a rockier but entirely instrumental musical world where one may also pick up a few psych-reggae slant that may get you thinking about Ozric Tentacles and at times a bit of Gong. Though recorded throughout the 08 to 10 era, this album only saw the light of day in 12, but there is little doubt that the excellent autumnal artwork wasn't responsible for the delay.

The energetic rock cum fusion is relatively even throughout the five tracks of the album, ranging from 7 to almost 13-mins, and the double guitar attack does give it a harder edge than one might have suspected ex-Uzva members would've indulged in. Don't get me wrong, though: we never reach metallic proportions either, and Lauronen's sax parts have a definite funk/jazz slant. One could fear that the music is a bit samey throughout the album's 50 minutes, but there are a few friends r-that give a helping hand, including a superbly blonde flautist on the closing Spirits and Jukka Gustavson's Hammond on Ancestress or even a saw on Winds Of Oya. As a matter of fact, the album goes crescendo in intensity and Domestic Spirits really rocks your socks off with some slight Gong-esque hints.

Hopefully, this isn't the last thing we'll hear from this project, because based on the solid grounds, there is plenty of possibilities offered to them. Definitely worth keeping an eye out in their direction, if you ask me.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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