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Andy Jackson

Signal to Noise

Review by Gary Hill

Although this does get a little samey in terms of the moodiness, there is enough variety to keep it interesting. And, “interesting” is really a great description. A lot of this is surprising and just plain cool. I really like the album a lot. It flows well from start to finish. The mix of modern prog with psychedelia and more traditional progressive rock sounds is very effective.

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Track by Track Review
The Boy in the Forest

Psychedelia and prog merge on this cut. It seems to evolve in waves of sound. It reminds me a lot of early Pink Floyd in a lot of ways. Given that Andy Jackson was the recording engineer for a number of Pink Floyd albums, that makes sense. The vocals enter over a more folk prog sound around the minute and a half mark. It’s still very much like early Floyd in so many ways.

One More Push
Doing a great job of combining prog and psychedelia, this is a bit more minimalistic than the opener was. It’s not Floydian as the track, either. It tends to have a more modern prog sound. It has a lot of electronic and percussive elements at its heart, too.
Invisible Colours
A bit echoey, this seems to combine very early Pink Floyd with more modern space rock. It’s a mellow and rather strange prog meets psychedelic journey. It’s pretty, dreamy and trippy.
Spray Paint
Slow moving and moody, I love this song. It’s a combination of modern progressive rock and psychedelia. There is definitely a level of melancholy or at least a dark vibe to this. Yet, it’s just so magical that it’s one of my favorites here.
Herman at the Fountain

Slow and rather moody, this number is based heavily on space rock. Of course, it still has a lot of psychedelia in the mix. I love the layers of sound. It definitely works out to more powered up stuff as it builds later.

It All Came Crashing Down
This song includes the title line within it. It starts quite mellow and build very gradually into a great piece of space rock. It is again a lot like Pink Floyd in many ways.
Brownian Motion
Although there is no big change here, this at times makes me think of U2 a little. Still, the other sounds predominate. This isn’t my favorite cut here. I’m not sure it was the best choice to close the disc, either. There are some cool space moments, but I think this would have worked better in the middle of the set, leaving “It All Came Crashing Down” to end things.
 
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