Monday, June 17, 2013

Simon McKechnie "Clocks and Dark Clouds"

Country: UK
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelVoyager Records
Release date: June 17, 2013
1. Mother and Daughter (7:44)
2. Clocks and Dark Clouds (7:47)
3. The City in the Sea (7:45)
4. God Particle (7:41)
5. Gorham's Cave (8:30)
6. He Who Saw the Deep (Gilgamesh) (9:47)
7. The Emigrant (6:50)
Simon McKechnie - vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards
Adam Riley - drums

Cooking up a mix of influences ranging from Yes, Rush, Crimson, Zappa to The Mars Volta via Be-Bop Deluxe, Simon has come up with a more than passable debut. When Simon goes down a Yes avenue as on God Particle he thankfully does not attempt to create a track missing from Fragile, but easily stamps his musical identity over his own multi-tracked vocals reminiscent of Anderson and Squire at their most soaring. The first verse of this one is a quote from Albert Einstein, hence the co-writing credit, and somehow manages to sound completely natural without being in the slightest po-faced or coming across as pseudo-intellectual. The music starts off very angular, backed by the intricate but fully appropriate drumming of friend and musical collaborator Adam Riley. Adam, normally a jazz-fusion drummer, adds a Bruford-like vibe to proceedings, and is obviously an above average tub thumper.
Read the full review by Roger Trenwith at astoundedbysound.blogspot.co.uk


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