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Matt Siffert

Gallatin

Review by Gary Hill

This is definitely not a tight fit under progressive rock, but there is enough of the moody modern prog sound that I think it fits. The set works through a variety of textures, but does lean toward the mellower end of the equation. There are a few spots here where the vocals feel a bit awkward, but it's not enough to take away from the effort. If you like moody, trippy, dreamy music with both Americana and prog elements at play, you will likely enjoy this.

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Track by Track Review
A Song of Gratitude
Drums start things. The cut works out from there to sort of a dreamy, trippy soundscape that's part Americana and part modern progressive rock. The vocals bring a different dimension of both of those elements. As it climbs upward I'm reminded of something like Procol Harum at first. There are early Pink Floyd references to be made as this continues.
January 25
Coming in with a trippy kind of coalescence, this is another moody cut.
Evening in the Midwest
Another with a lot of that alternative trippy modern prog sound, the vocals on this bring some dissonance.
Morning
I dig the Americana elements on this. Perhaps the proggy things take a bit of a back-seat here, but they still exist.
Did You Come Here Alone?

There is some country in the mix here, but overall the moody prog concept is main musical element. This is, perhaps, folk prog in a lot of ways.

You Left and You Didn't Say Goodbye

The closer is bit more of a rocker than the rest are. It has a lot of energy. Again, the vocals are a bit awkward here, but overall this is a cool cut. I love the keyboard textures and slide guitar. There is a definite early Pink Floyd element to this.

 
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