Monday, February 2, 2015

Geof Whitely Project "Outlaw of Our Time"

Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, AOR
LabelEyrie Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateFebruary 2, 2015
01.Fibre Optic 4.24
02.Souless Night Driver 5.10
03.Ricochet 3.52
04.Outstreched Hands to the World 5.26
05.Mediation 4.03
06.How Can One 5.16
07.Slow Motion 3.09
08.Siren Of The Sea 5.44
09.Blind Faith 8.26
10.Gate To the West 7.36
11.Transatlantic Ghosts 7.16

Colin Watson - Bass guitar
Shaun Lowe - Guitars
Geof Whitely - All other instruments and vocals

Released in February 2015 ‘Outlaw of Our Time’ takes a lighter, more commercial route than ‘Pathfinder’. The overall feel to the album brings thoughts of Asia, Foreigner and other AOR bands, there is even a touch of E.L.O in the vocal style and semi-orchestral feel.
Opening track Fibreoptic is a delightfully reminiscent of the synth inspired rock of the 80’s with a Georgio Moroder inspired keyboard that morphs into a guitar driven verse that Jeff Lynne would be proud of. The album segues though heavy electronica influence with Souless Night Driver, a considered and melodramatic track, to the ambient dance feel of Ricochet and back through the melancholia of Outstretched Hands to the World.
I get a real feel of the cinematic, ethereal atmospherics of Fractal Mirror running through this album, it is there in the background on tracks like Mediation, How Can One and Slow Motion, especially with the organ styled keyboard playing which gives a sci-fi inspired note to the music.
The vocals also conjure up thoughts of my good friend Mike Kershaw, measured and monotone they may be but extremely expressive with it. This comparison is most evident on Siren of the Sea, which has to take the gong of being my favourite track on the album. With its oriental influences and downbeat rhythm, there is an aura of David Sylvian all over this song and the meandering, intense guitar playing is a highlight of the whole album.
The album runs out with three extended tracks that all run with a laconic mood, pensive and wistful. Blind Faith, Gate to the West and Transatlantic Ghosts take a deeper, more thoughtful route through your mind yet still retain a simplicity, a lack of over-complication at their core. It is perhaps more ‘music that seeps into your sub conscious’ than easy listening with the more serious tone that they have. They close out the album on a very sombre note, I found my self getting lost in the midst of the final track. (Martin Hutchinson at progradar.org)


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