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Wingfield - Reuter - Stavi - Sirkis

The Stone House

Review by Gary Hill

If you like freaky guitar based instrumental prog, you are sure to dig this. It has fusion and a lot more built into it. Perhaps it's closest to a merging of something like King Crimson and Djam Karet.
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Track by Track Review

The opening minute and a half or so of this 12 minute plus opus is fairly mellow and atmospheric. The cuts shift out from there to powered up King Crimson meets fusion styled sounds to continue. This is a real powerhouse in a lot of ways. It's fairly crazed, too. It's quite freeform and really covers a lot of territory. While it will probably appeal to fans of RIO, it's not perhaps quite a freaky as a lot of that music. It does share the same sense of throwing out the rules and taking a map-free course. I love the bass driven drop back jam later in particular.

Four Moons
Fairly slow moving, this has a cool, somewhat noisy, fusion texture to it. It works through some great musical territory as it shuffles forward.
This is much more of a rock cut. Don't get me wrong, it's still pretty crazed and rather free-form. It just has a bit more of a straight-line rock element at its core. There is some pretty trippy stuff over the top at times on this.
Fjords de Catalunya
Textural, slow moving modern prog is the concept here. This is the kind of thing one expects from outfits like Djam Karet in a lot of ways. This really gets particularly mellow and rather trippy at times mid-track. It has a bit of a space music element to it.
Here is another cut that leans heavily on the atmospherics. It's also another classy piece of music. There is some pretty crazed bass work on this.
Bona Nit SeƱor Rovira
Here we have a bit noisier rocker. It's still got plenty of that sort of trippy space meets fusion kind of element. The extended closing section is very trippy and very cool.
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