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Cymbalic Encounters - Exploration of the Southern Constellation (CD)

Genre: Pop/Rock
Release Date: 26th August 2016

Label: Gonzo
Catalogue Number: HST374CD
Price: $14.29
Available: In Stock

Cymbalic Encounters - Exploration of the Southern Constellation
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'Exploration of the Southern Constellation' is a theme-based jazz-rock/prog-rock work. Composed by Mark Murdock and Brand X members; John Goodsall and Percy Jones and with Katsumi Yoneda featuring; Dave Juteau, Junko Minobe, Preston Murdock and more. describes it further:

"From the moment Mark Murdock pulled into a prog orbit, first with Peter Banks from YES and then with the BRAND X alumni, there was no turning back for the American drummer, but it was with this band that he reached the point of no return. Based in Japan now, Murdock’s latter-day journey has been one of fun – including the puns which marry “symbolic” to the metal part of his sonic palette when it comes to the ensemble’s name, and the old synthesizer’s brand to the night sky in the title of “Trip To Alpha Syntauri” – although the scientific slant of Mark’s music makes it all look serious.

It is so in songs, voiced by Dave Juteau, “Falling Off The Map” unfolding a Mellotron-laced surrealistic swirl of the “Strawberry Fields” kind over the orchestral tapestry, while electric violin gives an out-there edge to “The Sun In The Night (The Days Will Last Longer)” whose vista has an Oriental hue to it. Yet the tension set from “Magnificent Works” on, once Percy Jones’ bass resolves its pulse into elastic lines and John Goodsall’s guitar embroiders them with a filigree funk, is rather deceptive, and not for nothing the snare sound on there is deliberately rough as if destined to anchor the flight to the ground."

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