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Native Gold

A Man We All Admire

Review by Gary Hill

This is not progressive rock in the traditional sense of the word. It’s progressive music for sure, though. It’s moody electronic based music in the vein of things like Muse and Radiohead. It gets proggy enough for inclusion in the prog section of Music Street Journal. This is really quite a strong set of music. I’d like to hear more from this act.

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Track by Track Review
Fake the Smile

Trippy electronic music makes the basis for the first section of this. It’s moody, and rather atmospheric, but also a bit classical in some ways. Then it moves to just piano after the vocals drop away. From there more freeform electronic weirdness emerges. A cool groove with some non-lyrical vocals come in after that. We get a return to the earlier portions, but with some layers of weirdness added. The closing movement almost has some jazz built into it.

Starting with a very technological sound, this works through some varying territories as it continues. There are parts that are more powered up electronica. Some things land in almost classical soundscapes. It’s moody, and trippy and rather alien in nature throughout, though.
Begun to Begin
There are some rocking elements, some of the most rocking parts of the whole EP at times in the midst of this. Yet it has some of the mellowest, most decidedly classical stuff, too. The rest of the piece is more of the same kind of moody electronic music we’ve heard throughout the three tunes. The guitar solo section on this thing is really powerful. There are some of the most decidedly prog rock based sections in the later moments of this, too. It does drop to mellower stuff again at the end, though. 
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