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4 stars a glimmer of hope

During these dark times, this album comes as a lifeline. Deeply personal, extremely well-crafted, cathartic and adequately bizarre to cause prog excitement. Jargon retains the goth/dark-wave aura of Verbal Delirium's sound in his personal debut and does away with most of the heaviness and guitar distortion. Interestingly, there is a glimmer of hope and optimism coming out of an abundance of minor chord progressions.

Jargon creates on piano, mostly modern classical/cinematic music, which filters influences from 70's Genesis (Time is Running Out) and sounds resembling great (but disparate) classic and more modern composers - Greek Manos Hatzidakis and Russian Gleb Kolyadin come to mind. Marillion and Saviour Machine hints can be heard in the dystopic ''How Can I?'', Jargon's soft spot for Muse is revealed in (perhaps the least impressive number) ''Window to the World'' while the aura of Peter Hammill is - as expected - more than evident.

The three instrumentals are stunning pieces of self-expression with impressive buildups and the violin literally and metaphorically striking some sensitive chords to the point where I am brought to tears in the opening ''The Film'' and ''Light'' (feels like Rock Progressivo Italiano has managed to creep in the latter - reminds me of Gnu Quartet's recent work). The bombastic ''Dance of the Framed Words'' makes me smile and wander back to Gryphon's ''Red Queen to Gryphon Three''.

It is unlikely that you will find this album any less than intriguing. A highlight for 2020 with thanks owed to the composer for sharing his inner, fading, thoughts...


aapatsos | 4/5 |


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