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4 stars This is an album debut offered by a ... yeah, you certainly can say super group from Norway, consisting of Ketil Vestrum Einarsen, Rhys Marsh and Mattias Olsson. The KAUKASUS members are very busy musicians, while having worked with bands like White Willow, Änglagård. Motorpsycho, Jaga Jazzist, Opium Cartel and The Autumn Ghost. Looks like they can sum up a lot of experience alltogether, right?. And you can be sure that each of them individually brings his own signature to the music. On this occasion they provide modern keyboard laden art rock - though based on a widely ranged vintage instrumental equipment.

The sound is featuring dark mooded melancholic leanings, sometimes reminding me of the band Japan respectively their side project Rain Tree Crow. Apart from this reference though this clearly is equipped with a distinct flavour. I must admit I quite often have problems to differenciate what is flute or keyboard generated within the sound. In any case this is really varied, dramatic and orchestral here, heart-melting melancholic there, brilliantly confirmed by Lift The Memory for example, which is distributed by two alternating moods. Olsson's powerful drums and Marsh's singing voice have a big share too.

Swirling flutes and synths are dominating the ambient styled Starlit Motion leading over into the ethno/oriental coloured Reptilian which after a while starts the engine again and evolves to another highlight. Due to excellent song-writing abilities and a rather unique implementation this album grows very promising. Although located in different parts they succeeded to write and record this in a short amount of time, only two weeks precisely, which proves the presence of a special chemistry among them. If they should decide to continue and take their time, I would say there's a lot more to be expected from this fruitful threesome - 4 flickering stars at least for that.

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