Friday, July 8, 2016

Circa "Valley Of The Windmill"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Frontiers Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: July 8, 2016
1. Silent Resolve (14:41)
2. Empire Over (9:24)
3. Valley Of The Windmill (7:32)
4. Our Place Under The Sun (18:43)

Total time 50:20

Billy Sherwood (Yes) - vocals, guitars
Tony Kaye (Yes) - keyboards, hammond organ
Scott Connor - drums, percussion
Rick Tierney - bass

First track Silent Resolve starts very ambient-like. After one minute the song changes with an organ solo, and not much later the complete band sets in. The song carries a positive and catchy vibe most of the time. The bass is very present at moments, which I quite like. After five minutes I hear a Yes influenced moment. Several musical passages and choruses that were present in the first part of the song come back from time to time, making this fifteen minute track a good prog rock song. Empire Over starts with an 80s sound, thanks to the drums and keyboard sounds. This track sounds gloomy compared to the previous one, but carries a lot of energy, and the choruses makes the song lighter in tone. The drums are vigorous and fit well in this. Title track Valley Of The Windmill is my favourite track on the album. The intro rhythm and low bass sounds very contagious. Just like Silent Resolve it carries a positive vibe. Our Place Under The Sun is with almost twenty minutes the longest track on the album. There’s a lot happening already in the first part, and you can say that there are some Yes influenced moments here and there, but not too obvious. Around six minutes the song gets more calm and retained. Some passages in the music come back from time to time, just like Silent Resolve. After twelve minutes a long instrumental piece sets in, which gets an unexpected but suprising turn after one minute. After sixteen minutes into the track the main theme of the song comes back to wrap up this long musical piece.

Read the full review by Iris Hidding at houseofprog.com

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