Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Sky Architect UK Review

 Sky Architect are European (Scandinavian/Dutch) space-progressive musicians who on their album "A Billion Years Of Solitude" present seven tracks of progressive, jazzy, space-inflected music that is pleasing to the ear. Opening with the doomy chords and synthi warblings of 'The Curious One,' the music travels through various moods, including sections of riffola, sections with vocals, and many instrumental solos. It complex, yes, but not overly complex, or complex in that clever-clever way of bands who don't understand the meaning of the word "progressive." 'Wormholes' and 'Tides' are shorter tracks before the eleven minute jazz-prog ramblings of 'Elegy Of A Solitary Giant,' which alas does rather hint at 'Jazz Odyssey.' After a mellotron/metal freakout the album concludes with 'Traveller's Last Candle,' which includes some fine guitar playing. The relentless chop-and-change of moods and styles does jar over the duration of a whole album, but this is certainly one for fans of modern prog.


A Billion Years of Solitude
CD - £9.99

A Dying Man's Hymn
CD - £7.99

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