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Corvus Stone


Crossover Prog

3.91 | 206 ratings

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5 stars Corvus Stone was born from the creative minds of experienced musicians from different parts of the world, who met on social networks through their common appetite for the flamboyant, groovy and intricate sounds of the 1970's. Keen on coating their musical meals in thick layers of humour, they are in the line of rare breeds like Frank Zappa or early Tubes. The positive feedbacks on their first album fueled their hopes in getting further involved in a project as diverse in its approach as their origins. When the sophomore effort saw the light, it was received with as much enthusiasm as their debut effort, proving that their food for ears was rather tasty. The cohesion of the band was tighter this time, thanks to the full participation of the drummer. Then, when fans were still enjoying this release, the league of cheerful craftsmen went on to cook up "secretely" a new album. While Sonia "bounce bounce happy bounce" Mota was consciously working on the artwork, Colin "did I play on words?" Tench was sitting, together with his mates abroad, both on new eggs and older ones. In fact, the third creation-to-be slowly turned to be a blend of remixed (or reworked) previously recorded material and brand new songs. It could then appear as partly a sampler, partly a new album. In what sounds finally like a good introduction to anyone new to the band, the tears of the guitar contrast with the joys of keyboards (the dancefloor-friendly "Moustaches In Massachusetts", the exhilarated "Horizons"), as much as they support their sadness (the soundtrack to an imaginary horror movie "Scary Movie Too", the funeral march "Lost And Found"). Thanks to its versatility, the guitar also opens the door to the sun to let it heat our skin and put a smile on our face (the hasty "Petrified in the Cinema Basement" with its colourful gypsy overtones, the rocking waltz "Early Morning Calls" and its spellbinding vocal lines). With a broad range of influences (circus music in avant-garde outfits on "Jussi Pussi", elegance of Renaissance days in "Landfill", sunny gypsy rhythms and mournful bolero as seen above), to spice up their classic rock-dyed songs, Corvus Stone carry proudly the flag of eclecticism, which is rare enough in our genre-driven musical world to be mentioned...and praised as much as possible.
lucas | 5/5 |


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