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Marc Carlton


Crossover Prog

3.97 | 10 ratings

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4 stars This fifth solo effort by UK musician and composer Marc Carlton is a rather nice effort; perhaps not the best music made for attentive listening but superb as relaxing and contemplative uses.

Mellow, melodic explorations is the deal, and the compositions are mostly performed by synths and guitars; with the latter as the most prominent instrument. Carefully crafted melodic themes are served up by the guitar, and quite often additional layers of guitars are utilized to deliver details and nuances, some soloing or a few musically contrasting elements. On select occasions the dark remnants of an electric guitar will sludge by; creating a dark, gritty an ominous sounding atmosphere for those brief moments.

The synths are mostly used in a subservient manner on the album; although floating synth layers or the piano is used to open quite a few tunes they will most times fade to background as guitars take over. Apart from that, synths and keyboards most times resides in the back or middle of the mix, delivering rich, majestic features with the same ease as careful and fragile moods.

It's an intriguing affair, but more so for those who are looking for music for meditation and relaxing than concentrated listening. Worth checking out if this sounds like something one might appreciate.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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