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The group PADRE is an initiative of the pianist and composer Krzysztof LEPIARCZYK, who is also known as the band leader of LOONYPARK and STICKY HANDS. He brought together some of his friends from Krakow, Maciej TOMCZYK (guitars and bass) and drummer Grzegorz FIEBER to provide the music, and invited singer Marek SMELKOWSKI (LIQUID SHADOWS ) to complete the line-up.

Work on the album took place mainly in Krakow, but Marek's contributions were recorded in his studio in Koscian. In the song ''LAST WORDS'' he duets with another singer from the town of Koscian, Julia STOLPE. Marek provides all of melodic vocal lines and lyrics for their debut, 'FROM FARAWAY ISLAND' which was released by Lynx Music on 21st December 2012.

PADRE's music contains distinguished stylings and arrangement, because it is art rock in an acoustic format. Presently the musicians are working on the next album and plan the tour in 2014.

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 From Faraway Island by PADRE album cover Studio Album, 2012
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From Faraway Island
Padre Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars This turned up one day from a Polish friend of mine, and I know nothing at all about the band as there seems to be very little written about them on the web, and their own site isn't exactly overflowing with information. But I do know that this is their debut album and that the band was put together by Krzystof Lepiarczyk (keyboards) who is active with different bands such as Loonypark and Metus, and he was joined by Maciej Tomczyk (guitars, bass), Gregory Fieber (drums), Mark Smelkowski (vocals) and Julia Stolpe (vocals). This is a class album, nothing more, nothing less. Musically much of this is based on wonderful piano with some additional keyboards tied in with some great vocals. It feels like 'Trick of a Tail' era Genesis but in reality sounds nothing like it at all.

This is music that I know I can play in the car and even my wife would enjoy it - it is certainly quiet different to what I normally expect from Lynx Music who have been making a name for themselves as one of the top Polish prog labels. But while I compare them to Genesis, someone else may say Train, or Coldplay, or none of these. The one good thing about their website is that it is possible to go there and listen to some of the songs and that I highly recommend. This is music that may not fix into a fashionable musical box, but who cares? This is an album that will enrich all those who care to search it out.

Thanks to kev rowland for the artist addition.

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