Thanks to a great sell out action from the good folks at ProgRock Records I was able to lay my sweaty hands on a batch of so far unknown bands (to me that is).
An album that I liked instantly upon first play was Motions of Desire, from Magic Pie. I believe they are from Norway, and recently suffered the loss of all their equipment due to the burning down of their rehearsal room. So hopefully I can encourage some more people to buy one of their records as I believe they deserve it.
Why I like this record?: lot´s of melody, great Hammond playing, riffing guitars, and multi layered vocals always do it for me 😉 The way they are able to combine the strengths of bands like Spock´s Beard, Deep Purple or Uriah Heep, with some pop sensibilities puts them high on my favelist. Plus they don´t shy away from playing epic tracks, without making them sound forced. Just lots of light and shade. Oh, and their guitar player knows his way around the frets, awesome!
The production is spot on, so all I have left to say is; find the albums and buy them! Personal play tips: Change, Motions of Desire, Without Knowing Why
Recently I bought some cd’s from Dutch band Kayak. Kinda lost track of them after Periscope Life (1980), but I must say I was very pleasantly surprised. I listened to “Close To the Fire” (2000) and “Coming Up For Air” (2008).
And some more albums are waiting to be heard.
In comparison to the older work I know, the dynamics have improved. By this I mainly speak of the guitar work; it is at times more heavier than I recall. That said; I like it a lot. Adds more bite to the music. Also the voice of singer Cindy Oudshoorn is a welcome addition to the sound of the band. I should mention however that both albums are recorded with a somewhat different cast. But the rest of the band knows what they are doing also. Most players are accomplished musicians and veterans on the scene. Shame drummer Pim Koopman died unexpectedly not so long ago. Still the trademarks of the band are there; melodic, varied, sometimes even radio friendly songs. But for the proggies amongst us, they still know how to write some decent and varied tunes.
Close to the Fire: Close to the Fire, Crusader, Two Wrongs
Coming up for Air: Alienation, Man in the Cocoon, Time Stand Still
If you haven’t heard from them in a long time; go check them out again, it’s worth it!
This is the first post on this new blog. Always exciting 😉
First let me explain a little; as a musician myself I am becoming more and more tired of reviewers who lack the decency of paying enough attention to the music they are about to review. This results in obvious mistakes (ranging from wrong country, wrong discography to making the guitarist the singer, etc.). Also they sometimes don’t seem to understand the effort that goes into recording and releasing an album. Not all music is instant, the least one can do is acknowledge that… In my book good music improves on repeated listening and thus withstands the tests of time.
So I figured, hey, I listen to a lot of music myself, why not share some of my thoughts about it. And while on it, create a platform for others to contribute to…
So here it is, ENJOY and please, feel free to comment!