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Tacachale Chamber Orchestra

Ocean Floor Funeral

Review by Gary Hill

First off, I’d like to say that this is probably not progressive rock. It is very definitely progressive music, though. It has all kinds of elements from all over the spectrum. Yet, it’s cohesive and coherent music. It’s deceptively complex, feeling quite straightforward and even catchy a lot of the time. This is not for the prog purist. It is, however, highly recommended for those looking for an unusual, but entertaining musical experience.

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Track by Track Review
Wish You Were Him

What an intriguing mix of sounds we get on this piece. There are hints of things like dream pop and space rock. It also has classical elements. Yet the instrumentation and some of the arrangement almost feels like bluegrass.

Side of the Road
Although this cut is definitely related to the one that came before it, this is more purely progressive rock. I hear elements of music like Renaissance. There is also a lot of space music and psychedelia here. It’s one of my favorite pieces of the set.
What's Your Home?
I love the vocal arrangement here. The song is similar to the others, but slower and a bit like down home blues.
This Verse Is Over

I love the dream pop meets modern prog concept and particularly how it’s pulled off with roots music type instrumentation.

Don't Wake Up
In some ways this reminds me quite a bit of early Pink Floyd. It’s related to what has come before, but more electronic. There is some odd circus music in the mix, too.
Cold Winter
This cut is shorter, but still based on many of the same musical concepts. I love the vocal harmonies here a lot.
 
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