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VOYAGER

Cailyn Lloyd

 

Symphonic Prog

3.68 | 30 ratings

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Ivan_Melgar_M
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Symphonic Prog Specialist
4 stars Seems hard to believe she wasn't accepted in Prog Archives a year ago

The first time that I Heard about CAILYN LLOYD was in 2013, when she was suggested to the Symphonic Team due to the release of her second studio album Four Pieces in 2012. After listening carefully the record, we decided that it wasn't symphonic, so moved them to another team who also said no despite her clear connection with Progressive Rock but due to the mainstream and New Age elements.

Some days ago, received a mail from Cailyn, asking me to listen her new and yet unreleased conceptual album Voyager (inspired by the Voyager Space Program), so she gave me a link to it. Normally we don't check bands or artists already rejected, but due to the fact she had released a full studio album with Holst influences, notified the team and with some reluctance gave a listen....What a nice surprise.

I won't say that Voyager. is the classic Symphonic release, being that has a lot of Jazz and Hard Rock elements, but the structure and beauty of the music captured me in an instant, so a couple days later, CAILYN LLOYD was accepted by unanimous vote of the team knowing that we were before some new stage in the Symphonic evolution.

I won't mention all the tracks, because it would take several pages and probably would spoil the listening experience trying to describe elaborate music in plain words, but will focus in the songs that impressed me more

The opener Voyager is the musical piece that convinced me that Caily should be added to our database. Despite the aggressive guitar intro where she demonstrates her skills, the atmospheric sound created by the interplay between the guitar. Synths and voices (seem like Mellotron created) is simply delightful.

Jupiter is simply brilliant, Cailyn takes Holst music and morphs it into some sort of Heavy Symphonic -Jazz fusion that blew my head. One of the best pieces I heard in the last years. Ariel is a fantastic chaos that reminds me of a King Crimson / ELP nightmare which demonstrates that Cailyn is able to recreate the spirit of the 70's with abundant pomp, dissonances and all the excesses that progheads like me love so much.

The last track I will mention is Heliopause which closes the album retaking some elements from the opener and exploring further, leading to a grand finale where all the instruments explode into a Big Bang of sounds and images.

Despite the fact that I mentioned some tracks, Voyager must be listened from start to end (as any conceptual album), because it's the only way it makes real sense, and the listener will be able to capture the brilliant ideas in the way it was meant to be heard.

Excellent release that deserves no less than 4 solid stars. Just hope Caily follows in this path, because I believe she's one of the most promising new Prog artists.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 4/5 |

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