IOEarth Crossover Prog

By Rivertree
This music has much of a cinematic vibe, like composed as a soundtrack for a movie. Well – the overall length with more than 90 minutes nearly matches. The album shows a relaxed flow basically – but is provided with several twists and turns including heavy excursions nevertheless. Here we have a melting pot of influences derived from the progressive rock realm – including some popular moments too. The project’s masterminds Dave Cureton and Adam Gough are knowing each other since their school days in the early beginning. They soon took notice of their ‘spitirual’ relationship, started composing music and founded the first band at the age of around 15/16.
Now it took a long time until they finally decided to work out this debut, consisting of the three movements ‘Water’, ‘Earth’ and ‘Air’. And after another two years this story in music featuring 20 songs was worked out due to the help of some competent friends – to name Dave Cureton’s brother Richard (drums) first and foremost. The fine rhythm branch as well as the lush and versatile keyboard/synth appearance are representing the backbone. And a rich vocal presence is to state comprising Steve Balsamo (Jesus Christ Superstar) plus female singer Claire Malin and Louise Brabbins.
Decorated with a fairylike voice Introduction offers a blend of symphonic and modern electronica elements where Storyteller moves to a more (art) rocking mid-tempo behaviour led by acoustic and electric guitars. The hijacking Eeee is provided with uncanny soprano vocals by Steve Balsamo, I assume – interesting – sounds sacral a recorded during a church mass and overdubbed later. Definetely one of the album highlights – the impertinent drum/percussion drive is also striking. And so it goes further on with varied impressions obtaining the complete bandwith of prog elements including brass instruments corresponding with intriguing piano adds for example.
It’s nearly impossible for me to describe all those multiple impressions – hence I’m only able to spot some remarkable snapshots. All in all you will find lots of new-age electronic, symphonic and ambient hints. Mountains Start to Fall appears in a neo prog outfit followed by the eclectic jazzy tinged Loops and The Creation shows the guitar like performing a homage to Andy Latimer. Light & Shade on the other hand starts straightforward heavy rocking bringing you down to earth, later coupled with duelling church organ and sawing guitar.
As for the contrary Home and Take Me are examples for a more commercial outfit where Sun Is Going Down contrasts with a hypnotic breakbeat fundament – once again spiked with soprano vocals, but this time mysterious whispering voices too. Great – I like this mood! To overtop the variety once more Steven Balsamo even gives something like Mongolian Throat Singing a chance. The excellent Harmonix returns back to neo prog territories decorated with expressive female vocals … this album shouldn’t missed out when you intend to have a well-assorted prog collection. That’s my conclusion. A fine production mastered by Dave Cureton and Adam Gough. In order to breathe in the complete atmosphere I recommend to take the time to listen in one go – you won’t regret it.