Friday, March 31, 2017

Schooltree "Heterotopia"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Art Rock Opera
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 31, 2017
1. Overture (6:01)
2. Rocksinger (2:28)
3. The Big Slide (3:50)
4. Cat Centipede (7:48)
5. The Abyss (5:37)
6. Radio (2:42)
7. Walk You Through (2:32)
8. Edge of a Dream (4:48)
9. The Leitmaiden (3:22)
10. The Legend of Enantiodromia (3:36)
11. Specter Lyfe (4:52)

12. Dead Girl (4:55)
13. Turning into the Strange (3:13)
14. The Edge Annihilate (2:52)
15. Power of the Ghost (3:25)
16. You and I (3:33)
17. Into Tomorrow (3:29)
18. The River (4:26)
19. Bottom of the River (1:53)
20. Enantiodromia Awakens (6:29)
21. Zombie Connection (4:49)
22. Keep Your Head (1:25)
23. Day of the Rogue (6:07)
24. Utopia (4:25)

Total Time 98:37

Lainey Schootree - vocals, pianos, synths
Brendan Burns - guitar
Derek Van Wormer - bass
Tom/Tod/Tad Collins - drums
Peter Danilchuk - organs, synths
Peter Moore - nylon guitar, additional vocals, keys, programming

The leader’s keyboards and vocals are the dominant factor in a style that’s best characterized as Art Rock. Which in this case means that while the overall idea may be high-concept, the music is fairly down-to-earth, with individual songs that work perfectly well on their own and don’t venture much longer than five minutes each. I may be imagining things here, but one way I could characterize the music is Elton John at his most sophisticated (say Goodbye Yellow Brick Road) infused with a bit of Tori Amos (Boys for Pele) or Kate Bush (Never for Ever) and some semi-progressive rock like Saga in their early days.
Read the full review by Jon Davis at expose.org


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