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FRACTAL REVERB-Songs To Overcome The Ego Mind

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FR3I discovered Fractal Reverb in the spring of 2014, after listening to their ‘How To Overcome The Ego Mind‘ release. Recently, this trio from Lodi, Italy released a 15 track, 2 CD album entitled ‘Songs To Overcome The Ego Mind‘.

The album is filled with songs that deliver wonderful melodies, great guitar, cool effects, and dynamite sounds of strings. There are changes in time signatures that blow my mind, and I swear I heard cello!! The off beat drumming is reminiscent of Bill Bruford, and the use of effects such as feedback, echo and fuzz conjure up a psychedelic vibe. The songs are wonderfully crafted and arranged, with music that FR2transitions in and out of various movements, and lyrics that are both  introspective and socially relevant. The vocal tracks are dynamite, with incredibly sweet harmonies. Some of the tracks appeared on the 2014 release, but I had no problem listening to them on this album. I was particularly impressed with ‘Song Of Something‘, with its off beat drumming, wonderful harmonic guitar, and great changes. ‘Hidden Places‘ excited with its multiple movements, and way cool effects, while ‘Song Of Everything‘ offered a dynamite instrumental melody, and a very cool bass line. My favorite track, ‘20th January 2013‘  is simply a beautiful piece of music, while being incredibly powerful at the same time. The sound of strings is an added bonus.

 

 

Songs To Overcome The Ego Mind is an incredible journey. Progressive Psychedelic Rock, a sort of FR1fusion of Yes, King Crimson, and Rush. The sound is wonderfully full, and complex, incorporating different orchestral themes within each track. A progressive free for all that is perfectly executed, and often unexpected. The album drives forward, taking you places that you never imagined existed. A brilliant piece of work! This is the kind of album you put on and just let it play, allowing the music to envelop you, and hold you within it. An epic sound. An epic album. Certainly one of the most incredible collections of music I have heard in a long time, and definitely on the shortlist for the I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album of The Year 2015!! Check it out for yourself, and then purchase at least 1.  http://fractalreverb.bandcamp.com/

 

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PETER MURRAY-On Druckfarben, And More

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pm4I set out to do an interview on the progressive-rock band, Druckfarben. As I sat down with Peter Murray, bassist, I instead found myself immersed in his story. Not a bad afternoon at all.

We began by comparing notes about progressive-rock bands, from Yes, King Crimson, and Flash, to Rush and Kansas. We taked about Gentle Giant. We talked about music. We discussed the lack of airplay progressive-rock received in the 1980s and 1990s and how it could be considered underground. We talked.

Peter is an easy interview. Ask a question and he will talk. He has stories to tell. Stories from his days with Surrender Dorothy and the major label deal; stories of his singer/songwriter solo album; stories of his pm3learning the bass line to Yes’ Close To The Edge, for the first Druckfarben gig . He is animated, and energetic. He has strong opinions on music, and the music industry. He is a musician, but foremost, he is a music fan. His interests cross all genres. If it is good, Peter appreciates and enjoys it.

We discussed The Beatles influence on progressive-rock, and queried whether Sgt. Pepper could have been the 1st progressive-rock album. As Peter sees it, progressive-rock is not so much a genre of music, pm5but an attitude. An attitude that encourages experimentation. An attitude to do something that is not usually done. An attitude that impacts not only the song writing, but the instrumentation and arrangements as well.

We delved into bass players, and I asked about his favorite. In true Peter Murray style, he couldn’t or wouldn’t identify one. Instead, names started swirling around the table: Chris Squire, Geddy Lee, Mark King, Robbie Shakespeare, Stanley Clarke, to name a few. Paul McCartney came up, and it was agreed that he is perhaps the most under rated bassist around. It was here that I saw the true passion for music in this man. He told a story of how, as a writer for Bass Player magazine, he traveled to England to interview Colin Moulding and Mark King. With his face ‘lit up’, he spoke of spending an afternoon at Moulding’s farm house, drinking tea, and listening to the as yet unreleased ‘Apple Venus’.  Very cool.

pm6We talked about Druckfarben, which grew out of  Classic Album’s Live. All of the band members have a love for progressive-rock. They enjoy playing and performing. Peter looks like a man who is having the time of his life. Bassist, song writer, teacher, author,  producer. This is an accomplished man, a Renaissance man, who shows no signs of slowing down.  Despite his impressive resume, there was no name dropping. An incredibly talented guy, who is kind, humble, and grateful.  Peter Murray is simply, a nice guy. A nice guy who just loves music. Hard not to like him.

 

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FRACTAL REVERB-How To Overcome The Ego Mind

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fractalreverb2Fractal Reverb, from Lodi, Italy released their EP ‘How To Overcome The Ego Mind‘ in May, 2014. It includes 4 studio tracks, 3 demos, 1 live rehearsal track, and 1 unplugged song. I have no idea where the band got its name from, but its cool as anything. So is the music.

The 1st track on the album, “Spleen“, has a great base line, cool changes, nice harmonies, and some dynamite drumming. “Dystonic Wave”  has amazing vocals that appear to be double tracked, a fraxtalreverb3wonderful melody, and a way cool bass solo. The changes in tempo and musical theme make “20th January 2013”  an exceptional track. The bass line rocks, and the guitar, wonderfully melodic. The guitar riff and solo carry the melody, until vocals begin almost 4 minutes in. “Natural Sounds” has a great melody, with a wonderful riff, and a powerful rhythm section highlighted by a great bass run. There are several movements that seem to blend effortlessly, and the ending is dynamite. The melody and great vocals of “Blindfolded“, the acoustic track, are superb.  “Hidden Place“, the live rehearsal track, has great off beat drumming and great effects. There are changes in tempo and time signature that remind me of early Yes. Very cool.

 

 

 

Fractal Reverb delivers an exceptional collection of music. The songs range from 6-8 minutes long, and incorporate several musical themes. There is a Rush feel going on here, but there are elements of Yes, and King Crimson as well. This band has the ability to fractal reverb1incorporate several movements into 1 song with flawless transitions, and bring it back every time. As if playing with our emotions, they take us on a long, strange journey, and then bring us back home again. The lyrics touch on issues of ethics and humanity, and the instrumentation, while simple, is surprisingly full and complete. It is progressive-rock with an edge. Sort of progressive-grunge. Check it out. Listen, and then listen again. A wonderfully exciting album.

You can listen and download here: http://fractalreverb.bandcamp.com/album/how-to-overcome-the-ego-mind-ep

 

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