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Walter Wayne

Twisted

Review by Gary Hill

I tend to be a bit liberal with what I put under the progressive rock heading. I'll admit that part of that comes from the fact that half of each issue has to be prog. So, bending the edges a little helps to get more stuff covered. Beyond that, though, I think that certain types of music are more likely to appeal to prog rockers than to other groups of music fans. Electronic music like Kraftwerk (who many consider to be at least progressive rock related if not full prog) is one of those types of music. That's what makes up this four track EP. I can make out electronic dance sounds here, too, but also things like space rock. This instrumental set has a nice mix of pieces and textures.

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Track by Track Review
Crows
There is such a cool, trippy vibe to this. The music is electronic, techno oriented and energized. It has some cool melodic hooks and a great groove. This is so classy and cool.
Distorted Origin
The rhythmic element on this really makes me think of Kraftwerk. Indeed, I'd say that the whole piece has a lot of that kind of feeling to it. There are some darker, almost menacing melodies at play at times. As strong as the opener was, this really ups the ante.
Line 172
Perhaps a bit more dance oriented than the previous numbers, this cut still has some of those Kraftwerk elements at play. There are some hints of space rock here, too. Then again, that is present throughout the set, as well.
Through The Night

The space rock meets Kraftwerk element is on display to an even greater degree here. This is one of the more effective pieces here. It works well.

 
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