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Far Corner

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4.32 | 130 ratings | 5 reviews | 35% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2018

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Unapproachable (2:18)
2. Fork (3:52)
3. Flim Flam Man (6:45)
4. Myopia (5:06)
5. Past Deeds, Present Treacheries (7:53)
6. The Chickening (3:24)
7. Fireplay (0:37)
8. Laboratory Missteps (3:56)
9. Summit (9:25)
10. SolonEye (2:40)
11. Oracular Intent (6:36)
12. Night of Odds (0:59)
13. Alea Ludere (9:21)

Total Time 62:52

Line-up / Musicians

- Dan Maske / keyboards, percussion
- Angela Schmidt / cello
- William Kopecky / bass
- Craig Walkner / drums

With:
- Jerry Loughney / violin (1,4,13)

Releases information

CD Cuneiform Records ‎- Rune 449 (2018, US)

FLAC download - bandcamp.com

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FAR CORNER Risk ratings distribution


4.32
(130 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(35%)
35%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
37%
Good, but non-essential (18%)
18%
Collectors/fans only (3%)
3%
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)
6%

FAR CORNER Risk reviews


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Review by Nogbad_The_Bad
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl & Eclectic Team
5 stars Well they are finally back after a decade away and the worry was will it be as good as previous releases. Well the good news is that it's not as good, it's even better! This is probably the bands strongest release. The line up is the same as previously, William Kopecky ' bass, Dan Maske ' keyboards, Angela Schmidt ' cello & Craig Walkner ' drums with the addition of guest Jerry Loughney ' violin. It still features all the rehearsal intensive composed music but rocks and bounces like a beast. For fans of Univers Zero, Henry Cow, DAAU, with 20th century classical composer references in a rock setting this is a must have. A contender for album of the year.
Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team
5 stars The band is back after a hiatus of 10 years with a new release. Their music is instrumental avant-garde, angular with some dissonance, and odd time signatures. The sound of this music is in part possible because of the presence of the violin and cello instead of the traditional guitar. But what strikes me on this album is the tasty and crisp bass sound of William Kopecky who's playing is flying over the music. The band enjoys mixing metal and rock with chamber music with some very intense dark atmosphere that takes your breath away. There is also lighter mood with classical tones, piano, and violin especially at the end of the album. When I compare this album with the previous one, I would say that this one is their most rigorous, structured album to date in this kind of style with less improvisation and more symphonic and melodic structures. It's definitely going to reach a wider audience and be a serious candidate to the best album of 2018.
Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
5 stars Far Corner is a band I haven't previously come across, although apparently this is their third studio album (albeit the first one in a few years). But when I started looking at the line-up, I realised that I have come across a couple of those involved prior to this. The rhythm section is made up of bassist William Kopecky and drummer Craig Walkner, who were also two thirds of Yeti Rain, whose album 'Stars Fall Darkly' I raved about some years back. However, I have been aware of William for more than 20 years and loved the band he formed with his brothers in the Nineties, Kopecky. As ever, he provides a bass sound which takes Chris Squire as an influence, and then becomes even deeper and distorted. There are sections on the album when it is just him and Craig, who wouldn't know a standard 4/4 pattern even if it tried to introduce itself nicely, yet one doesn't miss the other instruments when they are acting as a duo. The others? Yes, this is a quartet, with Dan Maske on keyboards and Angela Schmidt on cello (Jerry Loughney guests on violin on a few songs). It is hard to really describe what the band are attempting to achieve, but imagine late Sixties progressive (in its truest sense) music combining with classical, add in some RIO and Zeuhl, with more than the odd nod towards Art Zoyd and then you may just start to get an idea on what on earth is going on.

This is music which demands to be listened to, it isn't something that can be passed off in the background, as this is a force of nature that that at times is incredibly heavy and dynamic (who needs a guitar?). Dan tends to use sounds such as Hammond, Mellotron and Moog while Angela is out to prove that a cello can be an instrument of mass destruction in the right/wrong hands. I hate to think how many bow strings she demolished during the recording. This is an album of depth, power and passion, dynamic and relentless with every single person acting as a soloist and band leader even when they are all playing together. One can't afford to do anything else while this is on as there is just so much happening that it has to be concentrated on. This may seem that it is a hard album to listen to, but I found it incredibly easy and enjoyable on the first hearing. This is for anyone who is interested in progressive music which really is that, pushing boundaries and providing an immense album for those prepared to listen. It has been more than ten years since the last album, so when is the next one coming out?

Latest members reviews

5 stars Far Corner is a musical gem, and everything released by them is simply a musical adventure and a celebration, too. Diving deep into the avant-garde, this band features a quartet of keyboards, percussion, bass and cello. The four musicians seem not to have any limitations in terms of various influen ... (read more)

Report this review (#2248007) | Posted by NickCrimsonII | Monday, September 2, 2019 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The influence from Stravinsky and Bartok is truly evident even in the heavier moments of Far Corner's 2018 release. Risk is truly an excellent album with some stunning moments, ranging from beautiful classical chamber music to heavier, more metallic grooves. As always, the band's unusual instrumenta ... (read more)

Report this review (#2205604) | Posted by tempest_77 | Saturday, May 25, 2019 | Review Permanlink

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