Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Prog, Artrock | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 157 / 2-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Gentle Art Of Music | Autor: WS

"Cinematic Prog" is what the Bayreuth formation Frequency Drift calls what they deliver with their fifth concept album. This experimental work features many unorthodox instruments such as harp, duclar, violin, marimba and tin whistle, opening the borders between prog, rock, folk, ethno and classical music. One wonders since when the arch-conservative Richard Wagner metropolis on the Main has had such an open view of world and world music. But already in the times of Renaissance and Pentangle there was the marriage of rock with folk and what today is called world music. Like Anima Mundi, Frequency Drift now carries this torch on. Since her last CD "...Laid To Rest" the exciting style eclecticism has become even rounder with the new, expressive singer Isa Falkenbacher. Everything gets gripping throughout, maybe because RPWL man Kalle Wallner (on bass) and ex-RPWL drummer Phil Paul Rissettio mixed in. Quieter ethereal/ethnic passages are important for balance. One always acts playfully, only rarely does one make an effort to be commercial à la Nightwish. Highly atmospheric and idiosyncratic, Frequency Drift with its long pieces is ideally positioned between folk/retro prog and art-rock.

Top track: Once

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