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Urban Trapeze


Symphonic Prog

3.58 | 18 ratings

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5 stars With the title track, the band not only re-creates the spirit of Tarkus without doing a cover of it but also it conveys a touching personal story. The original Tarkus gets injured and withdraws but now he returns since he is a fighter. Likewise, keyboard player Daniel Seglers had an accident in his teenage so he had to re-learn how to use the human capabilities that we take for granted. Reactivated Tarkus is the story of a personal recovery. As a suite, it is divided into five parts, of which only the second and the fifth also feature vocals/lyrics:

a) "Revenge/Coda" starts like Pink Floyd's "Shine on You Crazy Diamond", then moves into a theme that is similar to the beginning of the original Tarkus;

b) "Ironfish" is the first battle of "Tarkus". He moves into the river to combat "Ironfish". "Tarkus" wins this time but this does not mean the danger has ended.

c) "Quicksands" is an area where "Tarkus" slips next into. He tries to suddenly escape and it looks like he's an overall winner. But it's not end of story yet.

d) "Desert's Wind" is a musical fantasy, where "Tarkus" solitary walks by distant trails. He arrives at a remote desert, gets lost, and only the wind helps our old warrior relax.

e) "Spider of Fire" is the last battle of solitary "Tarkus". It is not a violent one now, only about time and space.

The remaining four tracks of the album are as follows: "Crazy Colours" is a nostalgic metaphor for the first love at a young age.

"Urban Trapeze", an instrumental, is a geometric metaphor for the life of the struggling artist: travel, prepare for the show, achieving success, getting confidence, repeat. "InfiniteSea" has lyrics that somehow bring Peter Sinfield's "Formentera Lady" (from KingCrimsonIslands to mind. This is just natural: the song is about the Sa Tuna cove on Spain's Costa Brava, where the landscape is just the Mediterranean Seaand the rocks. "Evolution" is a 12 minute live improvisation that sounds like early Pink Floyd, where all band members take their turns, except for flute player Marc Viaplana. Forgotten by the others, he signals them his turn.

At a total time of slightly over 52 minutes, this album sounds like Premiata Forneria Marconi, balletto di bronzo, Focus, Genesis, and early King Crimson with Mike Giles-like drumming.

usa prog music | 5/5 |


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