BAND/AUTHOR:

VIENNA CIRCLE

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TITLE:
SILHOUETTE MOON (2013)
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AUTRE LABEL
GENRE:
PROGRESSIVE ROCK

"Vienna Circle offers us in "Silhouette Moon" a neo progressive rock as accessible as it is exciting."
TONYB - 31.05.2013 - (0) minds from our readers - (0) comment(s)
4/5
Five years after a first high-flying album, the brothers Jack and Paul Davis, instigators of Vienna Circle, are back with a new concept album (at least that's the impression it gives, as no details are available on the subject to date) entitled Silhouette Moon. This second effort was recorded by the sound engineer in charge of Porcupine Tree's album The Incident.

Vienna Circle's music is part of the neo-progressive trend. It means that this record is not destined to the fan of vintage sounds with a "mellotro-hammonic" tendency, as well as cerebral people looking for incessant rhythmic breaks or dissonances. On the other hand, if you like melodic themes, with variations of intensity, going from an intimate voice/piano passage to a symphonic chorus sublimated by a small luminous guitar solo, you should enjoy this opus because Vienna Circle is quite gifted to transform relatively simple pieces at the base into refined and exciting pieces by the grace of wonderful arrangements.

The most striking proof of this talent is offered to us by the album's central suite, consisting of the epic 'Dreams Presage' followed by 'Scarlet Dance' and 'Woven Wings'. The 13-minute bravura track takes us back to the best moments of Sean Filkins' 1st solo album (War and Peace ...). On the basis of a rather classical song verse/chorus, the successive arrangements of the vocals parts, which turn into a symphonic chorus, as well as the instrumental passages ed between each vocal intervention, bring this piece into another dimension. Its swaying finale finds its continuity in 'Scarlet Dance', which is set as its natural continuation, retaining a rhythm reminiscent of the swaying of a hammock in which the listener will not fail to feel comfortable. To get out of this well-being, the last part of the triptych takes us into a surprising prog-folk universe, concluding in beauty more than 23 minutes of non-stop music. The other pieces are not to be outdone, and we could also quote the very Pink Floyd-like 'Sea' or the splendid 'Ballad of Night'. But it is indeed the album as a whole which, listening after listening, will take more and more consistency to form a real whole, which the listener will find difficult to interrupt before the end of the 50 minutes of classy neo-progressive. 

Then, of course, grumpy listeners will still be able to quibble about the slight lack of care given to Paul Davis' voice, especially in the intimate parts of the album. Some might also complain about the use of the usual neo-progressive recipes, symphonic keyboards, guitar solos and 5 beat rhythmics popularized in their time by Marillion. Certainly, but when all of this is cleverly combined, it would be a shame to forget the general quality of Silhouette Moon. And since music must first and foremost be a vehicle for emotions, it is clear that Vienna Circle once again meets these requirements in a wonderful way, offering us a world that is easily accessible, but which is also exciting.

More informations on http://www.viennacircle.co.uk/



SIMILAR BANDS:
GAZPACHO, TORRENT, BIG BIG TRAIN, LIKE WENDY, MARILLION, SEAN FILKINS

TRACK LISTING:
01. Strangers - 1:41
02. Envy - 2:21
03. Dreams Presage - 13:19
04. Scarlet Dance - 3:16
05. Woven Wings - 6:25
06. Ballad Of Night - 6:32
07. Sea - 3:35
08. Eternity - 2:39
09. Together - 5:44
10. Departure - 3:32


LINEUP:
Alex Micklewright : Batterie
Dave Waller : Saxophone, clarinette
Gemma Burch: Chant
Jack Davis: Basse / Piano, choeurs
Jess Shute : Flûte
Patch Morrison : Saxophone
Paul Davis: Chant / Guitares / Claviers


TAGS:
Concept-album, Neo, Symphonic
 
 
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