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Clocks and Clouds

The Creation of Matter

Review by Gary Hill

When you’ve got a line up that is based on just three instrumentalists - Stephanie Shogren: violin, Lucas Shogren: cello and Derek Powers: drums/percussion – it would be easy to assume this was some kind of classical outfit. Well, there’s a lot of classical in the mix, so that comes close. There is also a real rock edge to this. The combination of sounds lands this somewhere in the progressive rock vicinity – although this isn’t old school prog, by any means. It really rocks and manages to groove a lot of the time, despite the classical music construction. Whatever you call it, though, I love this set.

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Track by Track Review
Audeamus

This piece has a lot of energy and a lot of classical music built into it. In fact, the opening section is purely classical, but it moves toward more rocking elements later. This is a great instrumental composition featuring classical strings in a stirring arrangement.

Pierce the Night
They waste no time here. This is still quite classical in nature, but it’s also a powerhouse rocking instrumental. It’s another great number, too.
Their Finest Hour

Starting with some very “sad” tones, this is a lot more of a mainstream rock piece. That said, it’s still instrumental and classical in nature. It gets into a more triumphant sounding movement mid-track.

Libertango

More energized, classically inspired rocking sounds are heard here. As you might guess, this has both a bit of a Latin vibe and a tango element.

Pastorale
This is short, mellower and much of a pure classical piece.
End Inevitable

Although the instrumentation is purely classical, this is very much a progressive rock piece. There is even a section that reminds me of a Rush song. This is a powerful piece and a great choice to close the set.

 
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