Monday, November 5, 2012

Diagonal "The Second Mechanism"

Country: UK
Sub Genre: Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock, Jazz-Rock/Fusion
LabelRise Above Records
Release date: November 5, 2012

1. Voyage/Paralysis (6:12)
2. These Yellow Sands (7:59)
3. Mitochondria (9:41)
4. Hulks (10:46)
5. Capsizing (9:10)

- Luke Foster / drums, percussion, piano, backing vocals
- Ross Hossack / synthesisers, harmonium, backing vocals
- Nicholas Richards / electric bass, mellotron, synthesiser, backing vocals
- Nicholas Whittaker / alto saxophone, clarinet, lead and backing vocals
- David Wileman / electric guitars, backing vocals
- Alex Crispin / synthesisers, backing vocals
- Robbie Wilson / trumpet, flugelhorn, backing vocals

Opening cut "Voyage/Paralysis" is like a meeting of Pink Floyd, Eloy, and Soft Machine, while the more aggressive "These Yellow Sands" sees space rock guitars, analog keyboards, and Passport styled sax lines collide for an exciting prog brew. "Mitochondria" contains some furious jazz-fusion passages mixing with Tangerine Dream styled electronics (the unison guitar/keyboard/sax lines are outstanding), which will appeal to any fan of classic Soft Machine, and "Hulks" sees the first appearance of vocals in what is otherwise a dense mix of dark prog & jazz, complete with some searing guitar solos and stabbing sax that culminate in an almost free-jazz finale. Closer "Capsizing" is a soaring jazz-fusion meets space rock jam with scattered sax, guitar, and keyboard melodies fluttering about the mix, with some nice heavy rock guitar riffs and leads towards the back end of the song. Space rock, prog, jazz-fusion, and Canterbury fans will most certainly want to investigate this one. (Pete Pardo at seaoftranquility.org)


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