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3 stars A postcard from the Neo-prog underdogs.

A friend gave me this 2014 Galahad EP convinced that I would love one of it's tracks. And he was right.

Galahad always seemed to me to be the underdog of prog rocks' underdog class, the Neo proggers. Never able to raise to a level equaling Marillion, Pendragon and IQ, this band's core group of Stu Nicholson, Roy Keyworth and Dean Baker have been the main part of this group for the last thirty years and seem to have the desire to stay together for thirty more.

Seize The Day is a track from their 2014 album Battle Scars and is included it with a stunning remake of an early song, Painted Lady, that I understand to have been only available on a cassette, along with a later album period song called Bug Eye. Both Seize The Day and Bug Eye display the quintessential Neo-prog qualities which endears this band to fans such as Gilmour-ish guitar flourishes, Floydian synths and a vocalist, Nicholson, who has a touch of Jon Anderson in his voice without being irritating or completely derivative. Both of these tunes simply demonstrate what the listener is, or is not, missing according to their individual tastes.

Now, however, we turn the song in question. Renamed 21st Century Painted Lady, this beautiful haunting ballad, spiked with modern sounding sequencer touches, and a dense sound mix is absolutely one of the best Neo-prog songs that I have ever listened to. It's nearly impossible to get it out of ones' head. A real mental specter.

So, if you would like to check out Galahad as they sound in the 21st century, this 6 song EP will more than suffice and you're guaranteed of at least one killer song, along with a few very good ones, I would bet. 3.5 stars for the veteran underdogs.

SteveG | 3/5 |


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