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AN ASYLUM FOR THE MUSICALLY INSANE

Tea And Symphony

 

Prog Folk

3.80 | 34 ratings

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Mlaen
3 stars When I purchased this fairly odd album, a seller at my prog music shop must have thought I was going insane. Luckily for me, I wasn't. I was just curious.

Tea And Symphony's debut is a progressive folk album with psychedelic elements, bits of classical influence and often a hysterical feel. It could be compared to Jan Dukes de Grey (which is quite better) and Comus. Album opens with amusing Armchair Theatre and the first thing I noticed here are somewhat disturbed vocals which accompany the listener through most of the album. The next song, Feel How So Cool The Wind, has very creepy atmosphere and psychedelic sound, while The Come On and Travelling Shoes are in bluesy vein and are the least weird songs with nice guitar, flute and mouth-organ work. Terror in my soul opens with a horror-movie sounding piano and develops into the weirdest song on the album - terrifying. Winter offers very nice use of woodwinds and cello and has apparently calmer atmosphere - it would even be enjoyable if there weren't those pesky vocals! But hints of calm last shortly - Nothing Will Come To Nothing is, though being a good song (jazzy break), very arduous to listen to.

An Asylum For The Musically Insane certainly has fine musicianship, originality (which earns it 3 stars), diversity and a dose of bizzareness, some may even find it brilliant, but not me; I'm not very fond of music that generally lacks true beauty and power, and tends to make me uneasy. Insanity? No thank you. Worth a spin twice a year or so, nothing more.

Mlaen | 3/5 |

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