On their second release, the trio Dyson, Whitlan, and Ward extend on the fine music of their debut, offering a 71-minute batch of highly accessible music rich of melody, peppy sequencing, easy-going solos as well as some symphonic hints graced with emotion.
“Pauper’s Ransom” already makes a great, versatile opener with some excellent sequencing kicking in on its second half. Emotive currents though run high on the intimate piano-synth piece “The Hurting” as well as on “Another Country” and “Bloodline”. Overall, aside from Mr. Dyson distinct soloing, Stephan Whitlan also gives a show of hands with his characteristic solo voices as heard on “Visionary” or “Throne”. The symphonic, dramatic, and Medieval-Esq melt on the 9-minute “Second Arrow” as it builds its sweeping atmosphere to an almost haunting effect. At the finale, we find the 11-minute track “Paragon”, best referred to as a guitar-lead opus where the calm of the first half shifts gradually into an orchestral, multi-textured piece of work.
All who dig sweeping electronic landscapes paired with rhythmic, melodic music will want a copy of this album, I reckon.
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