Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Prog | Heft: Jahrgang 2012, eclipsed Nr. 137 / 2-2012 | VÖ-Jahr: 2012 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Druckfarben | Autor: WS
Schlappe thirty (!) years after their foundation, Druckfarben present their album debut. The long breath has paid off: You can't enjoy such a powerful, fresh and not in the least dusty retroprog every day. The five Canadians serve a complex multi-course menu that melts in your mouth. With the dynamic instrumental "ELPO" the album really starts like at best ELP times. The organ roars powerfully and virtuosically. Drumroll. This is followed by a wacky fusion prog, which is likely to appeal to both Flower Kings and Zappa fans. The equally uncompromising "Influenza" leads us into a cosmos between Yes and a pithy rock, which sometimes smells like Saga and sometimes like Kansas. The interaction of the instrumentalists on guitar, bass, keys and drums leaves nothing to be desired. Singer Phil Naro masters the balancing act between rock shouter and prog singer veritabel. The longtrack "Nonchalant" even presents acoustic folk instruments at the end. This Canadian retro prog leaves the beaten track in favour of rock tastes and excellent fusion dynamics, without losing its smooth catchiness. Fabulous production!
Top Track: Influenza