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Founded in Kharkiv, Ukraine in 2008

SUNCHILD is yet another prog project from talented and prolific Ukrainian musician Antony KALUGIN. KALUGIN currently records under three band names, KARFAGEN, HOGGWASH and SUNCHILD. Under the SUNCHILD name, he brought together a plethora of other Ukranian musicians to supplement his impressive keyboard and writing talents. The music is an all out prog feast with many varied tempos and loads of keyboards washing over everything. A wide array of horns and woodwinds are used to great extent as well. KALUGIN does the bulk of the singing (in English) with perhaps a slight accent. He also brings in guest vocalists, both male and female to add even more dimensions to the proceedings. The debut album is a double that features three songs over 16 minutes.

KALUGIN is young (born 11 Feb 1981) but his already wide experience as a professional musician has propelled him to a high place among young artists recording prog today.

biography by John Mattern (johnobvious) with thanks.

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SUNCHILD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.02 | 114 ratings
The Gnomon
2008
3.92 | 88 ratings
The Invisible Line
2009
3.93 | 103 ratings
The Wrap
2010
4.10 | 214 ratings
As Far As The Eye Can See
2011
3.90 | 126 ratings
Isolation
2012
3.76 | 57 ratings
Synesthesia
2015
3.88 | 120 ratings
Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time
2018

SUNCHILD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.57 | 7 ratings
Sunchild with Karfagen and Hoggwash: Live In France 2012
2015

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SUNCHILD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.75 | 4 ratings
Sunchild & Hoggwash: Gnomology
2015

SUNCHILD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.33 | 3 ratings
Glimpse of Love
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
Outer Space
2015

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 Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.88 | 120 ratings

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Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time
Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars This is the second in a series of albums by singer/keyboard player Antony Kalugin, but while the first 'Messages From Afar: First Contact' was by Karfagen (their ninth studio album in all), 'Messages From Afar: The Division and Illusion of Time' is by Sunchild (their eighth). Kalugin writes a lot of material, and he uses his more song-based with Sunchild, and the rest with Karfagen. But, if that isn't confusing enough, apart from saxophonist Michail Sidorenko, all of Karfagen who played on the first 'Messages' album are also involved with this one, along with a few additional musicians. In some ways it does remind me of Clive Nolan in the Nineties when he seemed to use the same key musicians for many of his projects (step forward Karl Groom and Ian Salmon in particular), but I don't think even her ever took it to this level.

Although one may guess this album began life in Eastern Europe due to the slightly accented vocals, for the most part this feels like a very British album indeed. Camel and Pink Floyd are obvious influences (listen to "The Division and Illusion of Time" to see what I mean), while "Grail and Time" is nothing short of 'Sunburst Finish' era Be-Bop Deluxe, a band I rarely reference but here it is very opportune indeed. From start to end this is a wonderful album, feeling very modern, with plenty of look backs into the Seventies to create something which is really easy to listen to but could never be called easy listening. Antony never seems to get enough credit for both the quality and quantity of music he produces with his bands, and this is yet another incredibly solid release which is definitely worthy of investigation by all progheads.

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Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by patrickq
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This album starts strong, but begins to repeat itself after the fourth song.

The first six songs on Messages from Afar: The Division and Illusion of Time seem to constitute an album of their own: at about thirty-four minutes, this series of songs is the same length as most albums were in the 1970s. "Searching Diamonds" and "Grail and Time" are both nice art-rock pieces with overt prog-rock references. The lead vocals on these two, by Sunchild mastermind Antony Kalugin, Viktoria Osmachko, and Nikita Osmachko, are very good. After a divergence into more progressive territory ("60 Degrees to the 70s"), the jazzy instrumental "Mystery Train" strengthens my suspicion that Kalugin has absorbed a wide variety of popular music from the 1980s. Although guitarist Max Velychko was prominent on the first three songs, "mystery Train" is where he really starts to stand out. The "Dreams from a Lonely Town/Division and Illusion of Time" medley closes the first half of the album in a logical way, revisiting many of the moods and themes of the foregoing music with a sense of closure. However, by this time, a monotony has set in. The soaring chorus of "Division and Illusion of Time" is duly majestic, but tedious at the same time; the eight-minute "Grail and Time," has already trodden much of the same earth.

The twenty-minute "Victory Voyager" follows. Like most of the first half of the album, it's made up of well-performed art-pop passages bridged by proggier sections. The female singers return to the forefront of the mix, and Velychko gets to display his skills as the piece moves from section to section. It all hangs together, but I'm left with the sneaking suspicion that it's a clever assembly of slices of the first half of the album.

Given that it's an instrumental coda to the album, you might think the ten-minute "Father" must be too long. But remember that Messages from Afar: The Division and Illusion of Time is a 65-minute affair. "Father" is long, but it makes sense, both as a distinct musical piece and as the album's closure. Like "Victory Voyager," "Father" shifts from style to style, and again, Velychko gets much of the spotlight.

Messages from Afar: The Division and Illusion of Time has some very strong aspects; to begin with, instrumentalists Kalugin and Velychko are great throughout. The lead vocals and lead guitars tend to be just a little forward and isolated in the mix for my taste, but this doesn't detract from my enjoyment of the album, and other than that minor quibble, the album is well-produced. There is some very good songwriting, especially on the first two songs. The first times I listened to this album, it was on in the background as I was driving or doing other things. It sounded pretty good under those conditions, but a closer inspection revealed the shortcomings I cited above.

I think my criticisms can be summarized as follows: In the vinyl era, Messages from Afar: The Division and Illusion of Time would have either been pared down to fit on two sides, or another ten minutes would have been added to justify a double album. The first four songs - - "Searching Diamonds," "Grail and Time," "60 Degrees," and "Mystery Train" - - already account for more than one side of vinyl. If the remaining 42 minutes could be reimagined as a suite half that long, I might be trying to decide whether this was a three- or four-star album.

Instead, I had to decide between two and three stars. I think I've given Messages from Afar: The Division and Illusion of Time enough listens to be able to write a review, but my opinion as to the rating is still up in the air; I'll revisit this review someday and see if I still agree.

 Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.88 | 120 ratings

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Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time
Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by Oji ozbon

4 stars Sunchild is one of the three-band projects featuring the young and talented Ukrainian composer and keyboardist Antony Kalugin. The 7th album of Sunchild 'Messages From Afar' contains 8 songs that are very melodic packed well and with excellent musical ability especially 'Victory Voyager' the 20 minute playing epic on the album. I felt there was a vangelis influence between Max Velychko's fuzzy guitar at the beginning of the song. And surely there are also many influences from previous symphonic progressive bands such as camel, mike oldfield and pink floyd. I think Anthony Kalugin is one of the best progressive musicians today and this 'Messages From Afar" deserves to be in your collection. Highly recomended!
 Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2018
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Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Ukrainian multi-instrumentalist Antony Kalugin is currently offering his `Messages from Afar' musical saga, a trilogy of predominantly retro-flavoured symphonic prog works, the first being released by his Karfagen project last year in 2017 with the sub-title `First Contact'. The second part has arrived in 2018, `The Division and Illusion of Time' but instead this time it's appearing under the Sunchild banner, a side-project name where more song-based material Mr Kalugin composes ends up, so while his charmingly accented vocals and harmony singers are front-and-centre this time around, there's still plenty of luxurious instrumental backings behind them, even if the tunes themselves remain more of a priority here.

Opener rocker `Searching Diamonds' has an AOR guitar-driven punch to it, and the buoyant energy throughout moments of it wouldn't have sounded out of place on any of the recent Glass Hammer discs. `Grail And Time' holds a poppier soothing chorus but also works in a tasty Electric Light Orchestra-like break in the middle. The psychedelically mellow `60 Degrees To The 70s' holds enough quirky electronics, comical vocals and reflective lyrics that it could almost be a Flower Kings outtake, and `Mystery Train' is a lovely all-instrumental interlude with glorious David Gilmour-esque guitar soloing. `Dreams From A Lonely Town' is a brief shimmering reprise of `First Contact' from the first `Messages from Afar' disc, and the title track `The Division And Illusion Of Time' is a crisp atmospheric Neo Prog-sounding rocker with touches of Pendragon and I.Q.

It wouldn't be a prog-related album without a lengthy epic, and the twenty minute `Victory Voyager' doesn't disappoint. With heroic guitar themes, triumphant fanfares and soaring female backing vocalists that embrace the same soulful quality of `Dark Side of the Moon', some rollicking passages remind of those sprightly sprints that popped up on the classic P.F.M albums, and Antony is definitely channelling Roger Waters circa `The Wall' through `The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking' with his half-spoken/half-sung vocal approach!

Finally, despite the album being constantly vocal based, Camel fans will weep for joy with the near-eleven minute all- instrumental closer `Father' that also channels Pink Floyd and Mostly Autumn, and it incorporates delicately tender piano and fanciful violin around the most heartfelt of Andy Latimer-like electric guitar soloing, making for a stunning way to close the disc.

Some prog listeners will wish there were more purely instrumental passages to break things up a little more, but it definitely means that this Sunchild chapter of Antony's trilogy stands out with its own identity and character. With dignified tunes, vibrant instrumentation, surreal and uplifting lyrics and no shortage of variety, `The Division and Illusion of Time' proves to be another classy and dynamic release from Antony Kalugin, a prolific artist who is constantly proving himself to be one of the pre-eminent masters of modern symphonic-progressive music of consistently excellent quality.

Four stars.

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3.88 | 120 ratings

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Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by Booba Kastorsky

5 stars I like this album very much. Antony managed to gazer (again!) an excellent team of musicians, and this time he added a pair of excellent male and female vocalists: Nikita and Viktoriia Osmachko. In my opinion, this is Antony's best album to date and kind of modern prog classic. The music is your pure 21th century sympho prog with strong elements of Gilmore-led era Pink Floyd and classic era's Camel. It also reminds me modern Kaipa: highly melodic, bright, with excellent female/male duo vocals. The focal point of the album is an epic called Victory Voyager (20:33). This is the best track Anton and Co ever made, and it can be put alongside famous prog epics. I already listened to it at least 6 times, and every time I discover something new. Its first part is an atmospheric piece with Gilmourosque guitar solos that transforms into anthem-like piece a-la Ayreon. Next you travel into classic Camel's universe with Latimer's driving and melodic solos. The epic ends with the piece inspired by classic Pink Floyd. It has a gorgeous theme and even female vocalize similar to ones from Great Gig In a Sky. I'm not very good with track to track review, I just want to say that the album is packed with lush and clever arrangement, great melodies, and sound quality is very good.

 The Gnomon by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.02 | 114 ratings

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The Gnomon
Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Antony Kalugin's first album from his Sunchild project is essentially Kalugin and a wide range of guest collaborators taking us on a one and a half hour retro-prog journey, And that's exactly the problem - competently performed as it is, it's got the common problem of all too many 2000s-era retro-prog releases in the sense that it outstays its welcome. Sprawling over two discs, I feel like if it had trimmed away the filler and fat and presented us with the best 40-odd minutes of the material here it'd be far stronger.

In addition, Kalugin handles most of the vocals and unfortunately, his voice just isn't up to it. In particular, he's singing in English and it clearly isn't his first language; to be fair, his English is far better than my Ukrainian, but it's a rare vocalist who is able to sing as comfortably and naturally in a foreign language as they do in their own, and Kalugin's chops fall well short of that point.

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3.88 | 120 ratings

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Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by ale73

4 stars I was positively surprised by this new album by the composer Antony Kalugin. I know almost all of his discography and my favourite album is Sunchild's "As far as the eye can see"; so I was hoping in something similar: warm, majestic and atmospheric but with melancholy in the background. But wishing that an artist would compose the music you like is always wrong?and now, after some weeks listening, I love this album for different reasons: the mood is completely different from the other Sunchild albums, and it is more in a Karfagen vein; everything is full of positivity, melody and joy. Furthermore, I like its "vintage prog" flavour: you can breathe it everywhere, from the wonderful artwork to the sounds of the keyboards, even from some song titles. Sometimes you feel like you are in the '70s!

Talking about the songs, the record begins with "Searching diamonds", a classic prog with some good keyboards/piano, a great singing and some very nice female backing vocals. A great start! In the second song "Grail and time", it is clear that Pink Floyd is the main source of inspiration. The third song is a little surprise: "60 degrees to the 70s" (great title) has got roots really in the 70's, but its atmosphere is really poppish and light, I would dare to say in a Beatles mood. For me it is the first highlight of the record! The following "Mystery train" is a melodic and atmospheric tune; I listened to it on Youtube with an adequate video and it is nothing less than dreamy? The short "Dreams from a lonely town" is a proper introduction to the title track, that could be easily included in one of the Gilmour solo records for its guitar tunes and "Gilmouresque" vocals, at least in the first section. P Other highlight is for me "Victory voyager": a 20 mins long suite with a strong prog taste, full of interplays between instruments, a great crescendo and a beautiful melody. Even though it is a very long piece, you will never get bored listening to it! p Finally my favourite song, called "Father". It is the only remainder to the melancholic humor of "As far as the eye can see"; a long instrumental with acoustic guitar and a wonderful violin. I cannot know what Antony was thinking when composing it, but I find it very touching and deep.

I have not already had the chance to go deeper into the lyrics of this great album, but I will, as I am sure it is worth doing it.

 Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.88 | 120 ratings

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Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by Trinity S

5 stars "Good old days and timeless friends to the song we unite..." This time Antony has released incredibly "warm" and positive album. And i do agree - the cover is stunning - something really different from the dark shades of the previous "Isolation" and "Synesthesia". While listening to the album, you have plenty picteresque landscapes to explore - it has 3 pages digi pack with 12 pages booklet, I like rabbit in the hat - it`s cool )) Album starts with uplifting and upbeat song - what a lovely backing vocals it has and Piano solo. Solid start of the album. "Grail and Time" - is a gentle mid tempo ballad with emotional and trully melodic chorus by Viktoriia (10 years ago she has appeared on the debut "the Gnomon" album and she sang so perfectly "Midnight Train"). Middle part of the track is really nice ... "...and obscured by the fog, the man still sales the frog! Now the price is dear!" it bring us back to the mood of the "As far as the eye can see" album. Also i like the fact that Antony refer to the "Alice in Wonderland" by mighty Lewis Carroll - patter in this track and old school almost "beatles"- like chorus in the next track explains to the listener why there`s the rabbit in the hat ), sorry, Volcano Rabbit! )) 3. 60 Degrees to the 70s - title says it all - first half is a first class art-jazz rock mixture that flows into the gentle ballad with gorgeous Mann`s moog solo. 4. Mystery Train - 5. dreams from a lonely town - 6. title track - this 3 tracks are the highlights for all who loves Pink Floyd - Momentary Lapse - Division Bells era... Melodic, atmospheric, even Antonys vocal and the way he delivers it, reminds me Gilmour`s tembre. What a cool symphonic climax in the middle of the "the Division and Illusion of Time" track - wellcome to the Magician`s Theater!! 7. Victory Voyager - to me is one of the best tracks on the album (it`s length - 20 mins) Always interesting, always melodic, great interplay between Max guitars and Antonys keys in the instrumental passages. Cool Floydian backs and Viktoriia`s vocalis. Gentle chorus in the first part of the track sang by Nikita, Viktoriias son, who`s only 21, so wellcome onboard! 8. Father - I think a lot of true art rock fans will find this track as another highlight on this album. beautiful melody, "warm" and "vintage" atmosphere. Again , so pleased with the arrangement and the way Kalugin delivers his musical material, seems like this "message" has reach us from the golden era of "prog rock". I like this voyage, like this "messages" and for sure, want to hear more. Solid album - music, production, artwork!
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Review by Drmick1971

5 stars The first thing that hits you about this album is the cover. A truly stunning cover. But we are here to listen to the music. This is a sequel to Antony Kalugin's Messages From Afar: First Contact by Karfagen. And a wonderful bookend it is. The first song, 'Searching Diamonds' sets up the whole album, an upbeat and positive mood. I've always liked Antony's interweaving between keyboard and guitar. He creates layers that builds wonderful music. The instrumental, 'Mystery Train' sounds exactly that, a mystery. Every song is a journey. 'Dreams from a Lonely Town' and 'The Division and Illusion of Time' both hint back to the previous album by Karfagen so you don't forget this is a follow up. Of course the epic 20 minute song, 'Victory Voyager' is those layers combined to take you on a magical voyage. The album ends with the touching 'Father'. A fitting way to end the album. I believe Antony has a special relationship with his father. And this piece of music is there to remind us all of our special fathers.

This is a positive prog rock album that was obviously recorded with joy.

Another classic by Antony.

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Sunchild Crossover Prog

Review by alchemymark

4 stars The remarkably prolific Antony Kalyugin, Ukraine's best musical export, returns a year after Part One of his Messages From Afar trilogy, which appeared under another of his alter egos, Karfagen. Kalyugin is something of a musical polymath, in that he rarely sits still musically for too long. Part Two of Messages, while directly continuing the theme of the first record, is a different sounding entity, hence the Sunchild label, which is bright, warm straight ahead Prog, full of melody and harmony, while Karfagen shows a more instrumental, jazz inflected side. Either way, Part Two, is Kalyugin at his best. Chock full of warm, sometimes vintage sounding instrumentation, powerful vocals, and confident performances, this already familiar with this man's work, will know what to expect and lap up this latest episode. Everyone else though, who like their prog, classic, symphonic, or simply want some good tunes, will find much to enjoy here. Roll on Part 3 in 2019.
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