Saturday, January 20, 2018

Moonparticle "Hurricane Esmeralda"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Plane Groovy PLG063 (vinyl)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 20, 2018 
1. Hurricane Esmeralda (3:20)
2. Helium I (2:16)
3. Helium II (1:23)
4. Winter Mountain (5:20)
5. White Light (5:00)
6. Michelangelo Don't Stop (6:51)
7. The Strength Of A Thousand Year Rose (4:22)
8. Reverend Mum (4:11)
9. Leon's Experiment (7:15)

Total Time 39:58

Niko Tsonev (Steven Wilson, Lifesigns) - Guitars, Bass and everything else
Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Robben Ford) - Keyboards
Craig Blundell (Frost*, Steven Wilson) - Drums and Additional Drum Programming
Theo Travis (Soft Machine, No-Man, Porcupine Tree, Robert Fripp) - Flutes, Saxophone and Flutescapes
Samy Bishai (Natacha Atlas, Digitonal) - Strings and String Arrangements (3)
Grog Lisee (Die So Fluid, Ozzy Osbourne) - Vocals and Additional Vocal Arrangements (1, 4, 7)

Blending sublime instrumental work with some superb songs, and a cracking vocalist, Moonparticle have surpassed themselves and created what I reckon is the debut album of the year. A wonderful blend of genre hopping musical light and shade, heavy when it needs to be, chock full of tunes and serious musical talents at work, with vocals to die for. This is how to do a debut album and it shows to anyone who hasn’t realised yet, just how mighty a talent Niko Tsonev is.
Read the full review by James R Turner at progradar.org


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