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Dana Sipos

The Astral Plane

Review by Gary Hill

In terms of progressive rock, this definitely doesn't fit under the heading. I'd argue that  it fits as art rock music. You might disagree, but at the least I can't imagine anyone arguing with the opening and closing tracks fitting as art rock. To me there is enough art music throughout the set to qualify. You'll also find a lot of Americana and some healthy helpings of jazz. However you classify it, this works well.

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Track by Track Review
Light In Moon On
A strange, but tasty sonic tapestry begins this, and the cut works out from there. Eventually vocals join over the top of the arrangement. The rhythm section brings a real jazzy groove, but the keyboards have a more art-rock based approach.
Swallows Call
I dig the roots music meets art rock concept on this. It has some hints of jazz in the mix, too. The noisy sort of guitar element is an interesting touch, too. I dig the piano on the piece.
A Crude Likeness
Echoey Americana with hints of jazz make up the concept of this tasty number. It is gentle, but has energy. It's also classy.
Light Around The Body
More Americana is in the driver's seat here.
Skinny Legs
I dig the combination of artsy with Americana and jazz. This is an effective piece of music.
Daniel
There is a very down-home feeling to this cut. It has plenty of folk with some country music in the mix. I particularly like the vocal arrangement on this cut. It's quite effective.
Greenbelt
I really love the jazzy, dreamy kind of art vibe to this thing. It's all class. 
Hoodoo
Artsy Americana is on the menu here. This is another strong tune.
Breathing Barrel
We're back into decidedly art rock based territory here. I really like this cut a lot. It has great textures and energy.
 
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