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ISILDURS BANE & PETER HAMMILL: IN AMAZONIA

Isildurs Bane

Symphonic Prog


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3.95 | 76 ratings | 2 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Before You Know It (7:46)
2. Under the Current (4:46)
3. Aguirre (5:17)
4. This is Where? (10:07)
5. The Day is Done (9:05)
6. This Bird Has Flown (3:02)

Total Time 40:03

Line-up / Musicians

- Peter Hammill / vocals, composer
AND
- Samuel Hällkvist / guitar
- Karin Nakagawa / koto, voice
- Mats Johansson / synths (ARP 2600, MiniMoog, Moog Sub 37, Nord Lead A1, Roland RS202, Sequential Circuits Pro One, Yamaha CS80, Kurzweil 2600, Oberheim Xpander), Mellotron, piano, e-piano, treatments, composer & producer
- Katrine Amsler / keyboards, electronics
- Luca Calabrese / trumpet (1-4)
- Liesbeth Lambrecht / violin (2,3), viola (2,4)
- Axel Croné / bass, bass clarinet, tenor sax, guitar, synth, grand piano, clavinet, percussion
- Kjell Severinsson / drums & percussion
- Klas Assarsson / marimba, vibes, tam tam, gong, glockenspiel, octobans

With:
- John Anderberg / backing vocals (1,6)
- Adam Sass / trumpet (1)
- Zhazira Ukeyeva / violin (2,4)
- Mette Gerdle / violin (6)
- Xerxes Andrén / drums & percussion
- Pat Mastelotto / e-drums & percussion (3)

Releases information

Artwork: Matti Engdahl

LP Ataraxia ‎- ATX3LP (2019, Sweden)

CD Ataraxia ‎- ATX6CD (2019, Sweden)

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3.95
(76 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
32%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
39%
Good, but non-essential (21%)
21%
Collectors/fans only (5%)
5%
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Review by admireArt
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars The unmistakable disrruptive flow of Peter Hammill´s musical language finds a friendly space to roam in this 6 track: Isildurs Bane & Peter Hammill - In Amazonia (2019).

Somehow without the burden of carrying on the whole music writing and performance, Peter Hammill unleashes an energetic feel which sometimes his own later works lack.

Sound wise this album travels smoothly along varied moods and Eclectic Prog. atmospheres, with a subtle Symphonic Prog. touch thus, besides a here and there spiced oriental flavor, the styling is not far from Hammill´s and the Swedish ensemble Isildurs Bane and a long list of other notable collaborators play around the vocalists lyrics and stop-motion pace with creative and very well detailed performances and arrangements.

There is no doubt that this release is richer in musical ideas than Hammill own 2017 From The Trees, which somehow confirms a freer disposition and breadth in its sound and the corresponding fringe benefits of working with talented performers who are used to host other musician´s musical language.

****

Review by friso
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Now here's an interesting Peter Hammill / VDGG related release that some of us might have missed. In this collaboration Peter hammill serves as a composer/singer and the Swedish group Isildurs Bane as arrangers and instrumentalists. Listed here as 'symphonic prog', this album could easily be seen as an avant-prog effort. Almost as intense and varied as the VdGG classic 'Pawn Hearts', sound-wise it shows influences of electronic music, ambient, chamber-music and ethnic/folk (percussion). Peter Hammill gives one of his most lively performances in recent years. The combined effect is a nightmarish marathon of 40 minutes that really aims to effect the listener.

In my opinion the sophisticated arrangements and Hammill's disturbing presence really compliment each other. I've read some online comments of critics who'd disagree - but who can honestly say he thought that Van der Graaf Generator sounded coherent at first spin? No-one I guess. On this album Hammill seems to care particularly little about pitch perfect singing - in stead focusing on immersing himself in the highly original material. This works really well, though the sophisto piano ballad 'The Day is Done' could have used a more subtle approach at times.

On side one of the vinyl the three pieces are a continues flow of ambient progressive music. Though pretty dark and dissonant, even my girlfriend reacted positive on it because of its imaginative effect. On the second side 'This is Where? ' is the most avant-garde styled piece, with less ambiance and a more dry & eclectic progrock-based pallet of sounds. Very original, but perhaps a little bit unfocused compared to the other tracks. 'The Day is Done' is a minimalist piece compared to the others in which the piano and song-writing of Hammill takes center stage. The addition of lots of creepy sound-effects keeps the listener on his toes. The ending track 'The Bird has Flown' then brings back the ambiance of opening tracks and offers a conclusive atmosphere to this dark album.

Conclusion. This album could almost be seen as a 'Blackstar' for Peter Hammill. A resurrection of his most artistically successful days, a great gathering of talent and an album where old age adds to the creepy dark vibe. 'In Amazonia' might not be perfect, but it has a lot to offer and really adds something original & substantial to the progressive rock releases of 2019. Four stars for sue.

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