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PETRICHOR

Keor

 

Eclectic Prog

4.18 | 68 ratings

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Cylli Kat (0fficial)
5 stars Magnificent

This album deserves a far better written review than I can give!

With wonderful, engaging songwriting and clever, inventive, confident guitar work, (I especially love his nylon string rhythms) this album covers a lot of ground crossing the boundaries of several genres, seamlessly and seemingly effortlessly. These are the workings of one Victor Miranda-Martin presenting his music via the name KEOR.

While there are a few nods towards some of his influences, Mr. Miranda-Martin has crafted an album that bears his mark through and through. And though it would appear that Victor is primarily a guitarist, it would be unfair to call this a "guitar album". His abilities as a composer, arranger, guitarist, keyboardist/atmosphericist, and ultimately vocalist make this a pretty remarkable effort for what is essentially a one man band.

While initially some might not necessarily consider Victor to be amongst the greatest of all prog singers, there is no other voice that I think could've done justice to this material. I especially love how well he harmonizes with himself! Mr. Miranda-Martin obviously knows his strengths as a singer and has played to those strengths rather quite well on this outing! Great songs, great guitar solos that genuinely fit within the song, not as flashy showboating (although, he does have incredibly serious guitar chops), nor as being obligatory, but as an integral part of the structure and forward movement of each song, very well done (but not virtuostic) keys and atmospherics to underpin the proceedings.

I'm finding it hard to express what it is that I find so wonderful about this album, and that's a real shame, as I think this is such a high quality release.

Edging sometimes into progressive metal, but not staying so deeply or so long in that area as to call this album prog metal. There's much more going on here than that. Eclectic Prog is as good a definition as I could think of. Quirky, but consonant overall.

I'm gonna do the easier thing; rather than bore you with my insufficient verbiage, I'm gonna suggest that you go to the KEOR page here on PA, where you'll find a link to his bandcamp page.

I'd suggest trying "Terence" (the chorus of which is rabidly infectious and the song reminds me somewhat of Sanguine Hum's "The Weight of the World") first, then "Petrichor" (which might seem more "progressive" to some ears). See what you think! I think it'll be well worth your time!

For me, this is 5 Stars *****

As always, your mileage may vary

Grace and peace, Cylli (Jim)

[Edited: due to the fact that the original review was so terribly rushed (and just plain awful) when initially done. Still not happy with this review, but I'll come back and edit again when my sense of trying to be a wordsmith may hopefully return}

Cylli Kat (0fficial) | 5/5 |

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