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3 stars Good debut album from Chile!

Exploring prog music from countries outside England, Italy, USA and Sweden are becoming my interest nowadays. Well, actually not the country that matters but the fact that I can enjoy the music of a band which I have not known the name yet - that matters most than the country. But a country like Chile with prog music? That makes me excited! But even though there is a "hallo effect", I would still compare the music with the regular standards that I impose on most of my reviews. That standards might not stand alone because I have a philosophy that "Music is Emotion", there might be cases where the music seems mundane in terms of standards but it stirs my emotion, I would consider it as well. In general, don't worry that I will give you "biased" review.

The opening track "The Wharf that Holds his Vessel" flows nicely into my ears. This relatively long track (approx 11 minutes) provides multi-styles and changing tempos. The music is generally mellow and melodic, blending the sounds of Marillion, Camel, Pink Floyd and a bit of Genesis. Those who love neo prog will definitely like this opening track. "Uncertain Lights" sounds to me like a PFM (Italy) track especially on the way acoustic guitar fills are being played and how the vocals bring the melody. It's a mellow and nice track. "Clouds Motion" reminds me to the music of Camel, combining the howling guitar and keyboard work followed beautifully with piano that accompanies vocal to sing a song with a touchy melody.

The epic that concludes the album "Grey" (16:37) comprises three parts and all of them are composed excellently. The first part is mellow, dominated by guitar fills, keyboards and mellow vocal. It flows into second part with a bit complex arrangements and some guitar riffs. The overall tempo of this epic is relatively slow and there might potentially be a feeling of getting bored with it. The acoustic guitar fills performed throughout this track is good.

I would conclude that this album is good in composition. The melody is quite good even though not all segments a catchy and memorable but the music arrangements that form the song are quite neat and would favor those who like music of Camel, Pink Floyd, Pallas, Marillion and other neo prog bands. The other factor that I need to consider is that the songwriting is good as well. Recommended for neo prog lovers. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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