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The Emerald Dawn



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4 stars Ménage à trois tapestry or "three moods for a day"

1. The Awakening (11:15) dramatically emerges from a jazzy mist. Piano riffs and runs. Tom Jackson's percussive bric-a-brac and David Greenway's ascending, burbling bass anchor Ally Carter's cloaked pink camel guitar stylings. Katrina winds up and soars over the composition's landscape. Mesmerizing and contemplative, The Awakening wets the listener's appetite. 8/10

2. And I Stood Transfixed (15:07) That's right, I stood in awe of Katrina Tree Steward's acoustic guitar tones trampled under animals that wish you were here. A Pink sax echoes. Orchestral textured drum fills anchor the drippy trippiness. After a brief flute dirge, the composition rushes into a Crimson gush, last seen through Steven Wilson's eyes, plucked out by blackbirds. The storm retreats before a stunning dusk and a tawny camel colored sunset. 9/10

3. The Ascent (22:17) Passing the cloister as the greenery of the scenery seems to touch the sky. A piano gavottes across a bridge with an emotive guitar lead. If dead can dance, they would to Tree's epicene sing-hums. Synthesizers and guitars knit, whirl, and weave around whiskey candied drums and a gin milled bass. Occasional chaos bubbling, rolling, diving into the honeyed molasses. An emerald dawn composes itself into an epic climax. Another day dawns, and diamond dew shone like spangles upon an emerald lawn. 8/10

A minor masterpiece, worthy addition to any prog rock collection.

omphaloskepsis | 4/5 |


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