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Thursday, January 3, 2019

UMÆ "Lost in the View"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 3, 2019 (digital), July 2019 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Recrudescence (2:16)
2. Turn Back Time (8:33)
3. Echo (3:54)
4. Onerous (6:27)
5. By Myself (10:31)
6. Running Away (3:59)
7. Joyless (1:59)
8. Hold On (3:34)
9. Losing Grip_mfit (3:41)
10. Shame (2:27)
11. Drift (5:41)
12. Let Go (6:38)

Total Time 59:40

Line-up
Anthony Cliplef: Guitar (all tracks except 1), lead vocals (2, 8, 10, 11, 12), backing vocals (2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12), Muppet babies keyboard (7)
Guðjón Sveinsson: Guitar (2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12), lead vocals, (4, 5, 9, 12) backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 12), bass, (12), programming (1, 5, 9)
Samy-George Salib: Drums
   With:
John Wesley (Porcupine Tree): Lead vocals (2, 3, 6)
Conner Green (Haken): Bass (2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11)
Magnús Jóhann Ragnarsson: Keyboards, piano, organ, mellotron (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12)
Hulda Kristín Kolbrúnardóttir: Lead vocals (2, 4, 5, 8), backing vocals (5, 12)
Eric Gillette (Neal Morse): Guitar solo (3)
Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson): Keyboards, organ, mellotron (9)
Jamison Smeltz: Sax (5, 11)
Sigríður Kristjana Ingimarsdóttir: Cello (4, 5, 11, 12)
Þórhildur Magnúsdóttir: Viola (4, 5, 11, 12)
Eyþrúður Ragnheiðardóttir: Violin (2, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12)
Sólrún Ylfa Ingimarsdóttir: Violin (5, 11, 12)
Telma Sif Reynisdóttir: Flute (4, 5, 12)
Harpa Stefánsdóttir: Harp (4)
Helgi Jónsson: Backing vocals (5, 12)
Tómas Guðmundsson: Backing vocals (6)
Sveinn Ari Guðjónsson: Bass (5)
Sólný Pálsdóttir: Backing vocals (2, 6)

Description/Reviews
After a brief instrumental opening called “Recrudescence” (meaning to recur, or break out again) we are treated to two full-out rockers, “Turn Back Time” and “Echo”. The former clocks in at over 8 minutes and is a wonderful blend of crunching riffs and expressive vocals from guest lead singer John Wesley. While Cliplef and Sveinsson offer plenty of their own solid lead vocals throughout the album, Wesley was likely tapped because of the yearning and desolation conveyed in his voice, which matches the subject material. George’s skilled attack on the drum kit raises the bar immediately, matched by his counterpart on bass, Connor Green from the band Haken. Although Green is a guest on the album, he plays on the vast majority of the tracks, as does guest keyboardist Magnús Jóhann Ragnarsson who fills out the background of this song on organ. Vocal interludes from Hulda Kristín Kolbrúnardóttir and song author Cliplef make for a rich, layered experience during this, one of the most complete and satisfying songs on Lost in the View.
Read the full review by Scott Medina at sonicperspectives.com

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp
Echo
Turn Back Time
Drift
Stream 1
Stream 2
Deezer

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