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Crossover Prog

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3 stars Great stuff!

This is one of those strange decisions I took, because I didn't know anything about this young band, only that their debut album is being offered as a pay-what-you-want album, but well, the fact is that when I looked at the cover art, I felt immediately attracted, and did not hesitate in getting the album, just for that, because I didn't even know which kind of prog they play. This may sound amateurish, but I don't feel guilty, actually, I am really happy with my decision.

And that is because the music here is excellent. What this new project, from the United States, with the name of Glorie offer, is a wonderful and high-quality instrumental prog, labeled here as crossover, but with an obvious post-rock sound, and even with some avant- garde hints. Their album entitled 'Glorie', features nine compositions and a total time of 40 minutes.

The first one is 'Highrise', with a wonderful atmosphere created by vibes and piano, and a charming use of guitars and drums. Really closer to post-rock, nice to the ears, cool for the soul. 'Music for a Horror Movie' has a beautiful cello sound, and some kind of whispering noises that may suggest what the title says, however, I can't really imagine this as a horror movie track. I love the piano sound and their delicate notes.

'Looking through the mirror' is another wonderful track, though this is shorter than the previous, we still have the richness of sounds, thanks to the use of diverse elements such as violin, cello or piano. It is way better to listen to it with good headphones, because you can appreciate its true beauty. 'Full Circle' has once again a charming, gently mood shared by vibes and drums, later a repetitive but addictive bass and guitar sound begins and transform the song into a hypnotizing track.

'Still Saved' is not a favorite of mine, the guitar is also repetitive, but not as addictive as in previous tracks, here I was not really caught by it, though the drums and keyboards help a lot. 'Water Drops' starts with piano and takes the leadership since the first seconds, later violin, guitars, drums and bass appear really soft, gradually progressing, and creating a disarming sound which may share different feelings, from despair, to hope. The song continues like this until minute three where it changes and an explosion of emotions appear, with a strong and magnificent sound. Great track!

'Lazy Day' starts with vibes and cello since the very first seconds, an ambitious beginning. Later drums, bass and guitars join and start building up a structure together, until the song is very mature and with a strong sound. 'Nightmares then Sunshine' starts slowly but since the beginning it sounds promising, and so it is, after a minute we have a wonderful, colorful and brilliantly composed track. I really love the strings here.

Finally 'Gunshot City', which sums up what Glorie's sound is about: nice atmospheres, repetitive but addictive structures, cool guitars, and a post-rock feeling. This is a great debut without a doubt, though I have to admit that in moments I felt tired of the same recipe, however the songs as single tracks are great, and as a whole, good, but can be better. Good luck for this promising band in their future plans! My final grade will be three stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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