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Nocturnal Signal

Review by Gary Hill

I've landed this one under progressive rock. While it's not a perfect fit, I think it's really the right place. This is instrumental music. It has plenty of fusion at its heart. It's also tied to things like Vangelis. While this is fairly mellow, it has plenty of magic and drama in the mix. It is also varied from piece to piece, keeping it from ever feeling redundant. It's always effect, too.

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Track by Track Review
Deep In The Night
Coming in quite atmospheric, this rises up gradually with a real majesty and beauty to it. There is some killer acoustic guitar work in the mix. There is definitely some fusion built into this number. The synthesizer textures lend electronic prog textures. Whatever you call it, this is a great opening piece. It really captures the listener with its beauty and melodic elements, along with the rich layers of sound.
I dig the cool, almost folk music meets jazz, vibe on this number. It's a completely different flavor when compared to the opening piece, yet it fits well with that one. This is classy stuff. There are some cool guitar intricacies in the jamming later. That movement really augments the jazz links.  This is quite a ride.
Nocturnal Signal
Coming in quite sedate, there is an almost ominous vibe to this as it gradually grows outward. It seems somewhat alien. The piece has a lot of beauty and is quite intriguing, if a bit understated.
Ocean Gray
Some jazzy acoustic guitar brings this into being. It moves outward from there with style. The keyboard textures later drive tins in cool directions. The more powered up sections resemble a jazzy kind of world music meets space rock thing. This really covers quite a bit of territory.
I really dig the groove of this. There is a bit more of a rock vibe, along with plenty of fusion and electronic sound.
Sun Through The Clouds
I dig the intricate acoustic guitar on this tune. The number has some cool changes built into it. The textures are great, and this is mellow, but strong. As it grows and the synthesizer drives over the top this gets into some intense and rather fusion oriented zones. There is some cool guitar work in the mix, too.
Lost In The Shoreline
There is a cool, mysterious electronic texture to this number. It really has a great otherworldly vibe to it. This piece is one of the more complex and dynamic numbers here. There are some things here that even make me think of early Pink Floyd a bit at times.
Chiroptera's Lament
The synthesizer parts on this are among the coolest of the disc. This makes me think of Vangelis quite a bit. It's a bit more of a mainstream prog rock piece in a lot of ways.
There is a cool fusion rock groove to this piece. It has plenty of electronica built into it, too, but this is another piece that fits pretty well under progressive rock. The guitar work on this is really so fusion-oriented.
Late Night Meditation
This is a decidedly guitar based number. It has a cool groove and great melodies. While I think that perhaps the previous piece would have made a stronger closer, this brings something special, too.
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