|......................................THE BAND AND RECORD OF THE MONTH|
Parzivals Eye is a kind of musical project which deserves a special attention. Chris Postl know exactly what all people want to hear and, what the best way to choose combinations of musical genres that best fit on the band, I think that, the main goal was the choice of the musicians, a perfect union, a successful formula, adding perfect doses, especially in the arrangements and vocals, with a high-quality instrumental on the compositions, combining several musical genres from the past and today, while keeping an intensity musical level, taking the listener to a magical trip, where we can hear a variety of styles such as Neo-Progressive, Art Rock, stunning Melodic, Symphonic and Progressive Rock music, full of gorgeous and sophisticated arrangements. One of the major features of this project are the guest musicians' performances, puting together some illustrious names such as Christina Booth, Alan Reed, Ian Bairnson and Yogi Lang, the feeling that I have is, as if we were listening bands like "Magenta", "Alan Parsons Project", "Pallas" and "RPWL", playing all together in a same musical plan. "Fragments" sounds amazing, with a variety of sounds going at the same time into different directions, guitars, keyboards, bass, druns and vocals in a perfect combination, a masterpiece, blending amazing musical styles. If you enjoy progressive rock with beautiful melodies you must listen "Longings End", "Fragments", "Face My Fear", "Meanings", "Skylights", "Disguise", "Chicago" by "Graham Nash" (astonishing arrangements and nice vocals by Christina Booth), "Where Have Your Flowers Gone" and "Wide World", certainly you will be surprised. Their instrumental format can be compared to the bands such as "Yes", "Genesis", "Pink Floyd", "Alan Parson Project", "Supertramp", "Rush", "Paatos", "RPWL", "Magenta", "Pallas", "IQ", and "Marillion". Brilliant, fantastic, and an amazing work, highly recommendable...
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Parzivals Eye: "Fragments" These days there seems to be no other band which delights its numerous fans with more musical output than RPWL. Since 2000 the Freising-based artrock group has released seven albums, one better than the other, with the last release dating back only one year. Since then The RPWL Experience (that is actually the album title) took another course: Guitarist Kalle Wallner released two albums and now, RPWL bassist Chris Postl launches his first solodisc.
For his ambitious project Parzival's Eye he got support from illustrous musicians, among them the voices of Christina Booth ("Magenta") and Alan Reed ("Pallas"). But the best is yet to come: Alan-Parsons-Project guitarist Ian Bairnson took care of the fiery guitar solos. I've always loved the Parsons albums, so he is maybe my most-played guitarplayer, says Postl. After I had sent him a demo, he agreed immediately to play on the album, so I asked him to listen through all the material and to pick his favourite passages. Never had I expected that he'd pick that many. But he could have. Postl's high-quality songs breathe new life into seventies's meloprog in a way that is as original as pristine and destined for a collaboration with the Scottish string specialist. And so it is no wonder that he graced four tracks with his unique playing. The remaining guitar work comes from Postl himself, who also played -besides his main instrument- keys and guitar on Fragments, and the renowned studio guitarist Ossi Schaller.
But he could have. Postl's high-quality songs breathe new life into seventies's meloprog in a way that is as original as pristine and destined for a collaboration with the Scottish string specialist. And so it is no wonder that he graced four tracks with his unique playing. The remaining guitar work comes from Postl himself, who also played -besides his main instrument- keys and guitar on Fragments, and the renowned studio guitarist Ossi Schaller.
Fragments is by far the most RPWL-like solo effort: self-indulgent midtempo songs with gripping Floyd-like harmony vocals form its cornerstones, like in Wide World. As insiders know, this is no wonder, since the multiplayer Postl contributes a lot to the creation of RPWL-songs, even though he is officially just RPWL's bassist. The other longtracks like Longings End and Skylights (like Wide World adorned with Bairnsons guitar artwork) also show Postl's penchant for prog-Genesis' latter days, which manifests itself in Longings End with corresponding guitar arpeggios and in Skylights with mellotron, a trademark vocal line and classical acoustic guitar parts echoing the spherical moments on Trick of the Tail. Genesis belong to my musical roots, like Yes, the Beatles and ELO and I still like to go back to them. adds Postl. I could never play something just to make money. I love this kind of music and feel comfortable with it.
But Fragments has more to offer. Meanings combines Christina's invoking voice with sinister guitar pickings and sounds like a hybrid between electrofolk and rock spiced with eastern harmonies. Disguise, however, is a soft and sunny 2/4-metre stomping song, Longings End generates a surreal country flair using steel guitar, synthie sounds and voice samples (a deceased person believes he is on a journey), Skylights enchants with bass, piano and symphonic elements and Signs shows hit song potential with its blend of well-dosed guitar hardness, groovy tremolo bass, Alan Reed's enthralling vocals and the goose-bumps-creating almost NuMetal-like harmony chorus, but without sinking into superficialness.
But the hardness in Signs is brought one step further in the title track Fragments after a quite Genesis-like spherical-symphonic intro. It starts tenderly and builts up tension in a rhythmically as well as harmonically psychedelic theme, crowned by a screaming guitar solo. This song is about man thinking technology could do anything. explains Postl. So I asked Ossi to play a solo which encompasses all technical complexities of the instrument. And he did it. Even to this day I don't really understand how he did it, even though I watched him doing it.
A special treat on the album is the cover version of the "Graham Nash" classic Chicago. Starting as a piano ballad, this quiet protest song is enriched with Christina's emotional vocals und a bass/guitar arrangement including squareneck dobro solos, which are as sensitive as original, and thus giving it a completely new intensity. For me, this song contains a critical view of America. Postl says. But at the same time it has something reconciliating in it and this we-can-change-it attitude, which has ironically become quite popular these days.
At the end of the album, the ten-minute-song Another Day combines everything heard on the album in a truly ingenious way atmospherical fingerpickings, enthralling vocal lines, organic guitar heaviness, clever arrangements, originality and catchyness. But at the same time it is also this artist's commitment to his main band, because this song is performed by RPWL.
"Fragments" was released on September 9th, 2009, by Red Farm Recosrds. Engineering by Yogi Lang.
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