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|OBLIVION SUN||The high places||Prophase Music / Music Crafty Hands||2013||USA|
Second album as Oblivion Sun Stanley Whitaker (guitar and vocals) and Frank Wyatt (keyboards and horns), known to fans for their prog spent with Happy the Man Assisted by David Hughes (bass and vocals) and Bill Brasso (drums and percussion), the two give birth to another beautiful work, intense, full of intriguing ideas and solutions are never straightforward but largely descended from the ideas set out in the 70s by the band of “Crafty Hands”. If anyone still thinks that Happy the Man were basically a creature of the talented keyboardist Kit Watkins and he has not been enough evidence of reunion “The muse awakens”, should listen carefully to the two works of Oblivion Sun (in addition to the album name Pedal Giant Animals) to understand the importance, the skill and creativity of Wyatt and Whitaker. Already a cover very nice, a little ‘style fantasy, gives intriguing premise, but we think the opening words “Deckard” to start immediately the disc great with a beautiful instrumental piece in the style Happy the Man, through the jazz-rock exuberant and full of tempo changes and mood that knows how to be both structured and enjoyable, looking towards Canterbury, but without losing sight of the melody. ”March of the mushroom men” is a short piece that starts with a march almost Zappa and then move towards a quality guitar rock, with hints vaguely à la Camel.The first song is sung “Everything”, a sort of semi-acoustic ballad and melancholy, while harder and closer to a hard rock class is “Dead sea squirrels”, menacing (but not too much), with a central part oriented towards a symphonic prog driven by keyboards.The highlight on the album is the eponymous suite, twenty-two minutes, broken down into 6 tracks. There is everything a fan could want prog: rhythmic variations and atmospheric, airy melodies, long instrumental moments where you feel twists and electro-acoustic solos fiery and fascinating, even steps floydiani and winks to the Genesis period 1976-1977 Romanticism … and jazz-rock go hand in hand and offer magical vibrations, showing the inventiveness of these out of the ordinary Americans still frisky and ready for a lively sound that technique and feeling are a perfect match. Bright and engaging, with a crystal clear production, “The high places” will not struggle to find favor of the listener, we are certainly not at the levels of “Crafty Hands”, but you could not expect much. Highly recommended!