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Eternal Return

Once Only

Review by Gary Hill

This album is largely understated, but also quite powerful. The last few songs on the disc feel like part of a longer epic. This has a modern progressive rock sound, of the moody variety. There is quite a bit of range here, though.

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Track by Track Review
Nomad
Rising up gradually, this has a cool ambient prog texture, packed with drama. Vocals come in over the top after a time. The pace is measured, and the layers of sound provide a lot of magic. I'm reminded in some ways of King Crimson, but this is more electronic than that comparison might suggest.
The Void
There is an extended instrumental section on this song. It has some dreamy, trippy qualities. It is quite jazzy in a lot of ways.
A Medium-Sized Village
There is a trippy, spacey sort of element as this piece rises up and evolves into being.  A drone-like guitar sound is heard on the track, bringing an almost shoegaze vibe to it.
The Triggering Town
This comes out of the previous number with some melodic piano type sound at play. This feels like a continuation of the previous piece. There are vocals at play here.
The Bottom of the Pond
This comes out of the previous piece and builds upward. It eventually turns driving and hard-edged with a real modern prog texture at play. This might be the best track of the whole album.
The Sky
Another that feels like a continuation of the previous piece, this is a mellower and beautiful piece of music. It turns more involved and lush as it evolves. This makes for a satisfying conclusion to the album.
 
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