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2014-04-16
May is album time at Fruits de Mer – The label may be best known for limited-edition 7" singles, but Keith Jones of Fruits de Mer has just announced the May vinyl LP releases. » Read more

2014-04-15
Seaprog announces full lineup, including Miriodor – Seaprog is looking to be the little festival that could. Could pull off bringing a foreign act to their stage, and highlighting a wide variety of Seattle's local talent. It's all happening June 20-22, 2014 in the Columbia City Theater. » Read more

2014-03-17
Riviera Prog Festival 2014 lineup kicks prog butt – This year's festival will be held May 16-18 in Genova and features just about every Italian band of note that is active these days. From the 70s heyday of Italian prog (Osanna, Locanda delle Fate, Alphataurus) to the newest generation (Il Tempio delle Clessidre, Prophexy, Not a Good Sign), this event has it covered. » Read more

2014-03-15
Mystery announces new lead vocalist – Canadian singer Jean Pageau will be replacing Benoit David as Mystery’s lead singer. The singer from Gatineau, Quebec became an official Mysteron on March 9th 2014 and is now preparing with the band for up coming live performances and a new studio album. » Read more

2014-03-02
It's Alive! Fruits de Mer Crabstock shows announced – What began as a single psych gathering, Fruits de Mer's spring festival Crabstock has now spawn four separate events! » Read more

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Taylor's Universe — Evidence
(Marvel of Beauty MOBCD024, 2013, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-12-07

Cover artThis latest offering by Robin Taylor’s band is a bit different than the previous two releases, perhaps more introspective and contemplative. The brooding and pensive fifteen minute opener “Buildings” builds up slowly over a relatively simple, but memorable repeating figure with periodic solo sax, guitar and keyboard embellishments, interrupted occasionally by alternating melodic changes and ambient interludes. The overall compositional approach on this tune reminds somewhat of Pekka Pohjola’s excellent 80s soundtrack work Everyman; I know that I have made comparisons between the two composers before, but I think it’s a fair one given the scope of their work and similar attack. “Red Afternoon” follows a similar approach, perhaps with more colorful melodies and heavy, intensive guitar and keyboard soloing throughout its twelve minute duration. If there is a ‘standout’ track on the album, this will certainly be it. There is a voice credit on this cut as well, but it must be buried under all the blistering guitars or heavily processed, because after numerous close listens, I’m clearly not hearing it. Matters not, though, as this band clearly has the instrumental power behind it to carry it forward without vocals and keep it interesting. The usual suspects are here, including the Secret Oyster contingent of Karsten Vogel (sax and bass clarinet) and Claus Bøhling (guitar solos par excellence), plus regular drummer Klaus Thrane. Thomas Thor Viderø Ulstrup provides some spectacular synthesizer solos, and Taylor does just about everything else (guitars, bass, flute, keyboards, etc.) as well as all the production, compositions and arrangements. Two additional lengthy instrumental workouts round out this excellent disc, which in general offers a bit more of a platform for fiery soloing than most of its predecessors.

Filed under: New releases , 2013 releases

Related artist(s): Robin Taylor, Karsten Vogel, Taylor's Universe

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