ARTIST:

SYLVAN

(GERMANY)
TITLE:

HOME

(2015)
LABEL:

GENTLE ART OF MUSIC

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Easy-Listening, Neo
"The concept, closer to the authors, gives "Home" a strong emotional potential, a musical density and lyrics of great richness. Accessible and addictive, this new opus is simply unavoidable."
ARNAUD (04.03.2015)  
5/5
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Sylvan had left us in 2012 with the magnificent "Sceneries". A few months later, Jan Petersen, the band's guitarist, reveals his departure from the band almost simultaneously with the announcements of a future album and tour. It was on this occasion that fans were able to discover the young Jonathan Beck (18 years old), who took over the six-string.

"Home" is a concept album with rather dark lyrics. The starting idea is that of a woman, probably pregnant and former homeless ('In Between') who opens a chest in her attic and discovers texts reflecting her anguish. They are globally linked to family, divorce, children and the world we are going to leave them. All the texts are by Marco Glühmann and it may seem legitimate to wonder if, through these writings, the author does not take advantage of the opportunity to evacuate his own fears, which may be those of people in their forties. 

Guests include four symphonic musicians who add passages of violins, cellos and oboes. The contrast is quite original since the music, certainly under the influence of Sebastian Harnack, is much more metallic and sometimes reminiscent of "Artificial Paradise". Let's also note the predominance of Volker Söhl's keyboards and, without too much surprise, a clearly set back guitar. Marco on his side keeps all his vocal qualities and brings something new by exploring heavier registers ('In Between').

As is often the case with concept albums, it's difficult to pick out one track among the twelve others because they're very homogeneous. However, 'Not For From The Sky', which opens the album gently, highlights the symphonic musicians simply accompanied by a rather discreet piano. Interestingly, this title does not reflect the trend of the album which will quickly become more muscular.  This is the case with 'Point Of No Return' and its original introduction to the steel guitar in a southern style. The combo blows hot and cold between very strong metallic riffs and verses sung in harmony and finesse. Let's end with 'In Between' (again) where Marco forces his voice like never before. The longest track on the album, it could also be a summary of Sylvan's career. All the usual signatures of the band are there: beautiful melodies, hovering guitar solos and a bewitching or more percussive Marco, offering a fast and precise vocal. 

"Home" was one of the most anticipated albums of 2014. Following a rapprochement with Yogi Lang's band (RPWL), this album is only now being released and benefits from a flawless production. The concept, closer to the authors, gives "Home" a strong emotional potential, a musical density and lyrics of great richness. Accessible and addictive, this new opus is simply unavoidable.


More informations on http://www.sylvan.de





TRACK LISTING:
01. Not Far From The Sky
02. Shaped Out Of Clouds
03. In Between
04. With The Eyes Of A Child
05. Black And White
06. The Sound Of Her World
07. Sleep Tight
08. Off Her Hands
09. Out Of The Dark
10. Point Of No Return
11. All These Years
12. Home

LINEUP:
Marco Glühmann: Chant
Matthias Harder: Batterie
Sebastian Harnack: Basse
Volker Söhl: Claviers
Annika Stolze: Invité / Violoncelle (1,3,4,7,12)
Frederike Hön: Invité / Hautbois (1,5)
Jonathan Beck: Guitares / Invité
Katja Flintsch: Invité / Violon (1,2,5,8,9,11,12)
Otfried Beck: Invité / Hautbois (11)
   
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