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Geoff Proudley


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4 stars Encouraging music Geoff launches. This opus "Tales From Strange Travels" was released as a British multi- instrumentalist / storyteller Geoff PROUDLEY in 2021. It looks like he recorded and produced material in the pandemic ... we can easily guess he has made up his mind to create his full-length poetry in such a serious manner. His vibes are filled with enthusiastic keyboard plays, fascinating melodic lines, and catchy hearty movements. Every synthesizer fan can be interested and satisfied in his musical visions, methinks.

The prologue "Opening Moves" sounds fantastically fresh and vivacious, like a glass of young, cool, fruity wine. In the former part, his swift and powerful keyboard works completely squeeze vigorous energy for the audience. Not so complicated but multilateral approaches via his keyboards are delicious and satisfying. The latter melody lines are quite soft and smooth. Such a mystic landscape is followed by "The Grand Entrar" featuring Geoff's authentic classical keyboard theatre. But we cannot only be immersed in this fading beauty. A metallic rockstorm comes after the calmness, and we also get absorbed in his diverse music therapy. One of my favourite tracks is "Brittle Star" consisting of his dramatic keyboard works along with complex, slightly tragic melodies and atmospheres. The short psychic agent would be prescribed for us under such a tough situation all over the world. Of course, it sounds like he would shout that we do never give up in "One Way In But No Way Out" full of spacey, another-dimensional sound power. Indeed it's crazy difficult for us all (no way out currently) but good energy should heal us. Let me say it may be time now you keep and stock full of energy "Until The Darkness Leaves You", a sensitive but dynamic music provision..

"Open Hand (Danza Della Vita)" is another quirkiness. Drastic synthesizer-oriented calls pop up immediately. On the contrary, delightful but a bit pessimistic psychedelia can be heard through the following stage "Do You Dream Like This?" kinda colourful relaxing stuff really. The titled track reminds us of the similar vein to 70-80s British Progressive Rock Scene like King Crimson or Alan Parsons. Melodically mysterious dissonance sounds quite comfortable. Tight rhythmic structure is supremely cool. This spirit can be touched in the following one "There's Many A Slip 'Twixt Cup And Lip" pretty solidified, clarified one. In the epilogue "Overclocking" we can find complicated but brilliant edgy keyboard techniques launched by Geoff. The last run is rough and tough but the audience should be suggested to run through the bright light in the near future, he would stress?

In conclusion, not so novel nor innovative his soundscape is, but we will get surprised and amazed that the one-man project created such an elegant, refined album. Geoff, you are great. :)

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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