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BREAKING THE CIRCLES FOR A WHILE

Nomads of Hope

 

Prog Folk

3.98 | 4 ratings

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BrufordFreak
4 stars A refreshing album of gorgeous, often hypnotic music that mixes sounds that are at times reminiscent of LUSH, ROBIN GUTHRIE, KATE BUSH, PETER GABRIEL, and even JON HASSELL. Highly recommended.

1. "Breaking the Circles" (3:00) Opens with some heavily treated guitar familiar to me from years ago via Jan Akkerman and The Edge. There is a little PINGVINORKESTERN in Ingemo's vocal's melodic sense. though her soprano floats and lilts over the top of the music sounding a lot like Lush's Miki Berenyi. (9/10)

2. "In The Shadows" (3:21) opens with some heavily treated, layered electric guitars very much like ROBIN GUTHRIE. The vocal enters like a beautiful LUSH song from their first album (Robin Guthrie produced), "Sweetness and Light." Beautiful guitar chord progressions. Some nice Mellotron, too! (9/10)

3. "Every Daybreak" (6:13) opens like a set up on a classic PETER GABRIEL soundtrack song, like from Passion: Soundtrack from The Last Temptation of Christ or Rabbit-Proof Fence or even "Signal to Noise." When Ingemo's gorgeous voice enters it is like none other than KATE BUSH. Awesome layered guitar work. Three songs into it and still not a drum, snap or click to be heard! (9/10)

4. "The Day" (4:26) is, for me, the weakest song on the album. Some abrasive slapped guitar and dirty percussives make an incongruous background to Ingemo's whispery voice. (6/10)

5. "Kindly Winds" (4:17) involves Ingemo's lilting voice floating ethereally over heavily treated piano and guitars and some drums. The song has trouble deciding whether it's going to kick in or hold back. (It holds back.) Some nice guitar lead in the final minute. (7/10)

6. "Politics and Dreams" (5:01) begins very much like an old PETER GABRIEL song with dated electric piano (midied with organ?) Ingemo's vocals are quite strikingly reminiscent of quintessential KATE BUSH. The Celtic-like flutes and hand drums make it even more so. Nice song. (8/10)

7. "Connections" (4:13) opens with a heavily treated guitar strumming with a second less-muddied guitar and bass playing along. Ingemo adds background ghost voices before coming in with an echoed lead vocal. I like the construction of this song--chord progressions and vocal melody. It's quite unusual and alluring. Ingemo's voice styling here is quite a bit like that of KATE BUSH on the "Man with the Child in his Eyes." Quite nice. (9/10)

8. "I Used to Forget" (3:52) opens with an old sounding electric piano before drums, bass and voice join in. Rolling toms like a gently rolling sea accompany Ingemo's layered singing--which sound like KATE BUSH singing with the MediŠval BŠbes. The keyboard interludes sound like a live, over-amped keyboard--"Bob Mayo! Bob Mayo!" (they yelled on Frampton Comes Alive!) Nice flute solo. Awesome song! One of my favorites. (10/10)

9. Hear My Voice" (6:18) opens with some dirty, grungy bass, drums and guitar. Ingemo's voice sounds like she's trying to provide the interpretive glue for the song like Kate Bush, Elisabeth from FUNIN, BJÍRK, or one of the BRAINTICKET chanteuses. Nice chunky bass Ó la Tony Levin or Bill Laswell. The guitar interplay in the fourth and fifth minutes is awesome and is followed by an equally intriguing weave of voices. Another favorite. (10/10)

10. "Gloomy Silvernight" (5:12) opens kind of Canterbury jazzy with some mediŠval folk instruments woven into the mix. A wooden flute pulls the song even more into medieval folk realm, but then it feels equally Indian in its pulsing, snaky, hypnotic weave. The vocal doesn't begin until the 1:46 mark. Once again feels like KATE BUSH--a very breathy, Sensual World-era Kate--in both style and melodic sense. Another awesome favorite. (10/10)

11. "All Nights" (2:56) opens with almost a Rolling Stones guitar sound--a little more treated--and then a very Miki Berenyi (LUSH)-like lead vocal. (8/10)

12. "Water Flowing" (7:32) returns to the familiar PETER GABRIEL/BRIAN ENO/JON HASSELL foundational rhythms and sounds. Singing about the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ingemo's stylistic approach is again very similar to that of KATE BUSH--again, Sensual World era. A Very powerful vocal to go over another beautiful blend of hypnotic music. This is the best song on the album both in terms of content and feeling fully formed and polished. (10/10)

Overall a very pleasant listen--one that draws me in and entices me to push "replay" or "continuous play." I have favorites but it all flows and fits together nicely. And I love the album artwork!

A Solid four star album--excellent addition to any prog lover's album collection.

BrufordFreak | 4/5 |

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