Friday, June 23, 2017

Pixie Ninja "Ultrasound"

Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Electronica
Label: Apollon Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 23, 2017
1. Auditory Hallucinations (9:13)
2. Elusive The Wind Vane (6:44)
3. Une Promenade (2:37)
4. Polysomnographic (5:29)
5. Personal Improvement Cult (11:19)
6. Ultrasound (2:56)

Total Time 38:18

Marius Leirånes - guitars, bass, keyboards
Jostein Haugen - guitars, bass, keyboards
Mattias Olsson  (Necromonkey, ex Änglagård) - drums, Melloton M400
Johan Hals Jørgensen - organ
Ketil Vestrum Einarsen (Waserbergland, White Willow, Wobbler, Motorpsycho) - flute (2)

The music is a mix of atmospheric electronic soundscapes and prog rock. The opening track Auditory Hallucinations throws the listener right in with over four minutes of electronic beeps and washes. ... There is a Magma like jazz swagger to Elusive The Wind Vane with its syncopated drums, swathes of Mellotron and Waserbergland's Ketil Vestrum Einarsen's flute fills. ... The best track is Polysomnographic, it gets everything right compared to opening track. The slow, atmospheric electric piano chords give way to full band, as Pixie Ninja subtly change the pace and the dynamics, leading to some lovely synth work. The longest track Personal Improvement Cult, is a multi-part work that has a terrific arrangement, making use of all sorts of instrumental colours and none of the sections outstay their welcome.
Read the full review by Martin Burns at dprp.net



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