Monday, February 29, 2016

Herd of Instinct "Manifestation"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
LabelFirepool Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 2016 (digital), March 2016 (CD)
1. Manifestation Part Two (5:54)
2. Gridlock (3:37)
3. Baba Yaga (4:35)
4. Manifestation Part One (5:16)
5. Saddha (7:00)
6. Nocturne (1:48)
7. Dybbuk (6:08)
8. Time And Again (3:26)
9. Shatterpoint (6:34)
10. Waterfalls And Black Rainbows (3:46)

Total time 48:04

Mark Cook: Warr Guitar, Fretted and Fretless guitar, Fretless Bass, Mellotron, Thumb Piano, Synth, Samples
Gayle Ellett (Djam Karet): Mellotron, Moog, Hammond Organ, Guitar
Mike McGary: Mellotron, Rhodes, Organ, Clavinet, Synth, Piano, Bells
Rick Read: Chapman Stick, Fretted and Fretless bass, Taurus pedals
Ross Young: Drums
Bill Bachman: Drums (1, 3, 7)
Bob Fisher: Flute (4-7), Saxophone (2, 8)
Stephen Page: Violin (2, 6, 9, 8)

Herd of Instinct’s third album, Manifestation, is a transitional phase for the group. The group has expanded its sound from the original three-member unit to a larger ensemble. The music’s densely layered sound gives the listener a “textural” listening experience with pieces ranging from the bombastic Dybbuk to the somber flute/violin piece Nocturne. Many songs are based around Mark Cook’s Warr guitar and Rick Read’s Chapman Stick combined with Ross Young’s detailed drumming to create a clock-like precision of a layered polyrhythmic machine. Keyboardists Gayle Ellett (from Djam Karet) and Mike McGary play a crucial role in adding mood and texture to the music. Ellett also adds rhythm guitar to a few tracks and a poetic guitar solo on Shatterpoint. Bob Fisher, flute and saxophone, and Stephen Page, violin, are featured soloists who add diversity to the sonic palette of the band. Drummer, Bill Bachman, came on board towards the end of the recording process to add another element of intensity to the mix.
Manifestation Part 2

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