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Mostly Autumn


Prog Folk

3.51 | 132 ratings

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4 stars Wow!

What a showcase for the modern Prog renaissance, combining the rich Celtic tradition with the grandeur of classic Symph-Prog (in this case a strong Floyd influence) ! These Brits have unleashed an alltogether stirring , very personal and original debut album. In looking back, I feel that their output has slightly decreased in quality, in the hopes of trying to break the commercial market, as opposed to elevating this magnificent opus to even loftier heights. Their unity and musical kinship is best described with this first effort from leader and guitarist extraordinaire Bryan Josh. Melancholic pieces drenched in a very evident"autumnal" spirit, the virtual smell of dead leaves crunching underfoot, the cool fall breeze signaling winter's ouverture and the aromas of reddening forests , with mist- shrouded moors are singed within the grooves of this rich musical tapestry, woven into the very fabric of the arrangements. The songs are keyboard rich exaltations generally seared by the sizzle of Josh's electrifying guitar runs , with a serious wink to the technique of David Gilmour. Regardless of all the alleged Floyd influences, this is no clone band. Mostly Autumn is a more diverse, highly musically challenged prog band, incorporating steady doses of Irish style folk, where violin (fiddle, rather), flutes, pipes and other Erin Island traditional instruments are put to good use and spice up the stew. The fiddler duels with the e-guitar in a vortex of sound , spiralling towards the heavens. The final piece, "The Night Sky" is a classic slab of Waters-tinged melodrama, that slowly builds a framework of mood and atmosphere, with initial restraint holding back the impending onslaught to finally succumb to an orgasmic explosion of sonic pleasure, led first by a dizzying violin showcase and then, a guitar ride where Josh reaches for the stratosphere, wailing his soul away and focused on touching the stars of "the Night Sky". One Word: Sublime!

4 Night Skies

tszirmay | 4/5 |


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