Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Deluge Grander "Oceanarium"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Symphonic
Label: Emkog
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 15, 2017 (CD, digital), December 27, 2017 (vinyl)
1. A Numbered Rat, A High Ledge, And A Maze Of Horizons (11:32)
2. Drifting Inner Skyline Space (8:28)
3. The Blunt Sun And The Hardened Moon (15:25)
4. Finding A Valley In A Gray Area On A Map (3:24)
5. Finding A Shipwreck In A Valley In An Ocean (6:20)
6. Tropical Detective Squadron (14:10)
7. Marooned And Torn Asunder (8:06)
8. Water To Glass / The Ultimate Solution (12:31)

Total Time 79:56

Dan Britton: keyboards, guitars, other instruments (1-8)
Dave Berggren- electric guitar (6)
Neil Brown-trumpet (8)
Steve Churchill-oboe (1,7)
Brett d'Anon- bass, guitars (1-8)
Brian Falkowski- saxophone (3), flute (4,5), clarinet (8)
Denis Malloy- bass clarinet (1, 2, 3, 8)
Corey Sansolo- trombone (1)
Natalie Spehar- cello (2, 4, 5, 8)
Zack Stachowski- violin (4, 5)

The music on "Oceanarium" is entirely instrumental, densely orchestrated, and has a wide variety of instruments, including cello, trumpet, bass clarinet, flute, saxophone, hammered dulcimer, banjo, mandolin, violin, oboe, and trombone, in addition to the usual keyboards, guitars, bass, and drums.  Although many musical styles are included, the end result probably fits nicely under the label "symphonic prog."
"Oceanarium" is the second album in a planned three-level seven-album series.  The first album "Heliotians" was released in 2014, and the third album "Lunarians" will hopefully be released in 2018.  "Oceanarium" is on the middle tier of the three-tiered seven-album series and contains ideas found in the two albums beneath it (the previously mentioned "Heliotians" and "Lunarians"), but unlike those two albums, it is densely and carefully orchestrated and is entirely instrumental.
A Numbered Rat, a High Ledge, and a Maze of Horizons (sample)
Tropical Detective Squadron (sample)
Marooned and Torn Asunder (sample)
Water to Glass / The Ultimate Solution (sample)

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