A good old fashioned modern prog record (!?)
Submitted by johna_online on 2 October 2012 - 10:35am
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What does it sound like?:
Well if the title of this piece is a bit oxymoronic let me explain. As a child of the 60s and early 70s I grew up with and loved to death the progtastic acts of the day. As the years and decades roll by whilst I will always remain fondly nostalgic I don't listen much to that style of music anymore. However I have of late been drawn to individual tracks by Porcupine Tree. Which bring me to this album which is a collaboration by PTs Steve Wilson and some guy from a Swedish death metal act called Opeth (oh my faint heart !) Anyway its all rather splendid (apart from the dreadful sleeve). The heavy riffage is kept to an effective minimum and the sound mainly focusses around atmospheric guitars, mellotrons and chilled rather spooky vocals mixed in with some modern ambience. Think of the good bits of say Lamb Lies Down, early 70s Floyd sugared with a bit of Sigur Ros and even Spirit of Eden and you wont be far wrong. It's also a concept album (bless) but I havn't a clue what it's about.
What does it all *mean*?:
Modern prog is clearly capable moving forward and keeping relevant whilst nodding respectfully to its legacy. Steve Wilson is a talented boy (as no doubt is the Opeth chap but I don't feel the desire or need to explore his back catalogue.)
Goes well with …:
This is a great headphone jobbie - worked particularly well whilst walking the hound in the country on a still, grey autumn morning but would no doubt also suit 'a quiet a night in' with a small glass of something.
Might suit people who like …:
Late Peter Gabriel period Genesis; Meddle; the less frentic bits of Crimson; David Sylvian; more modern artists like Marconi Union and Sigur Ros. Also those who simply appreciate some really well played and thought out songs and arrangements.