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The Windmill


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Second Endeavour
5 stars 'Tribus' is my third encounter with Norwegian band THE WINDMILL that does live up to expectations. Once again, the keyboard player Jean Robert Viita and his crew (respectively, Erik Borgen ? lead singing & guitars; Morten Loken Clason - flutes, sax, b/v; Sam-Arne Nĝland - drums; Stig André Clason - guitars, Arnfinn Isakson - bass) have proven their talent and masterity. There's so much going on the new issue to provide a substantial added value. As starting point, I have to say that 'Tibus' comprises five tracks to extend almost 53 minutes, where each sonic excursion is perfectly done, leaving the listener enough of time to explore the musical approach.. Now for a look at the songs individually. The album comes off with a multifaced epic 'The Tree', builded around improvisational prowess. The pastoral introduction brings a recognisable Genesis hallmark which gradually flows towards to the pulsating template of IQ. What emerges after a while is a gentle piano accompaniment, leading up to the emotive voice of lead singer and lovely harmonies, whilst the stylish guitar excursion and rhythmic background are succeeding to pose the tight display of ensemble musicianship. In terms of execution, this part is reminiscent of the Dutch neo-prog scene. The continuation reveals a bizarre collage featuring sax and flute, jazzy tones and folky themes changed by latino colors and sudden acapella performance, the exciting instrumental propulsions alongside movie soundtrack feel. The later segment harks back to a mellow pattern, standing pretty close to Silhouette. Using a fadeaway formula, the whole thing ends with a graceful melodic signature comparable with classic Pendragon. Sure, that was a tremendous start for the journey. Then 4 more chapters to go. A sensitive instrumental piece titled 'Storm' has the main focus on exploring moods and atmospheres, complete with sound waves and deep space in the production department. The core influences here are ranging from the orchestration type of Alan Parsons Project to the 70's Genesis paradigm in an intriguing manner. By the token, Camel and Fish On Friday also come to my mind. To surprise, the distinctive guitar passages may be associated with such masters as Vinnie Moore and Joe Satriani. The next track 'Dendrophenia' switches to realm of hard- rock, most closely reminding about Deep Purple - just think of their 'Come Taste The Band' album and you will not go far wrong. The follow-up, melodically crafted 'Make Me Feel' sounds like a nod to Arena. The influence is apparent, albeit the embodiment is a bit different. Rounding out this disc, a peppy cut 'Play With Fire' wraps things up in a Jethro Tull styling. As final point, I would say that the cover art (by Kirsten Knoph Viita) is well suited to the repertoire and overall it's a beautiful package. The lyrics and drawn images complement the quality of music contained within. All in all, The Windmill have done a great job. So folks, make no doubt and reserve a spot for "Tribus" on your CD shelf. RECOMMENDED!
Second Endeavour | 5/5 |


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