Friday, October 21, 2016

Fire Garden "Far and Near"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 21, 2016 
1. Far And Near (2:30)
2. There's Something (7:48)
3. A New Day (4:43)
4. Life of a Drifter
5. A Thousand Lost Souls (5:06)
6. War And Peace (4:30)
7. Faint Shadows (7:11)
8. Whitelight (6:30)
9. Diary Of The Blood Moon (10:40)

Total time 48:58

Zee aka Zeeshan Baig - Guitars, Vocals, Mellotron, Synths
Jimmy Keegan (Spock’s Beard) - Drums
Frank Lucas - Pianos, Keyboards
Barry Kleiber - Bass
Marc Malitz - Bass
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) - Keyboard solo (4)

The title track “Far and Near” is an amalgamation of instrumental bliss and vocal harmonies- a treat for your ears and a satisfying appetizer for rest of the album. One thing I love about the new record and the overall sound of Fire Garden is the vintage feel in the music. “There’s Something” has a lot of vintage nostalgia to offer. While the song does tend to be on a serious sounding note, the song actually sounds very comforting in the midst of the singing and instrumental arrangements. From here on, I hoped to find the same moods in the latter part of the album. And lo, the 70’s and 80’s come in singing, swinging and swaying aloud. Take in the psychedelic elements the music has to offer in its finer nuances which keep themselves far from the tense moments of the album. Songs like “A New Day” and “Life of a Drifter” do just that. 
Read the full review by Roshan Machayya at metalwani.com


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