Exposé Online banner

Godsticks — The Envisage Conundrum
(Godsticks 003, 2013, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-04-01

The Envisage Conundrum Cover artThis Welsh trio has come a long way since their debut EP five years ago, this now being their second full length release. Darran Charles is the singer, guitarist, keyboardist, and primary songwriter, while Dan Nelson and Steve Roberts support on bass, and drums/keyboards respectively. The band plays their own brand of modern power-progressive rock, refined and refreshing in its approach, more oriented to the song and lyrics than the extended opus, looking forward not back. If someone is looking for bands trying to channel classic Genesis, Crimson or Yes, don't look here – this is the wrong place. Charles apparently is doing all the singing – including the excellent harmony vocals throughout the recording, which is an integral aspect of Godsticks' sound. Instrumentally they are powerful and punchy; guitars that snarl with aggression and piano that sparkles pure magic, with an outstanding rhythm section that supports the effort well. The compositions and lyrics are melodically well balanced, accessible and catchy, but impressive in their uncanny ability to eschew predictability. There are plenty of solos throughout the album's twelve cuts, but with a few exceptions they are presented sparingly and always in support of the song, amazingly well executed, and never to excess. There is one instrumental cut here, the Roberts composed "Disclosure," an inspired four-minute piano piece that prefaces "Borderstomp," the album's only extended suite. Those who enjoy bands like Izz, Beardfish, and similar proponents of the new progressive (small p) sound will find plenty to enjoy in Godsticks' latest effort.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 40, 2013 releases

Related artist(s): Godsticks

More info
http://www.godsticks.co.uk

Latest news

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the ago of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Mindgames - International Daylight – Mindgames is yet another new neo-prog band from the Low Countries, Belgium in this case. This is their first full album, following a 1999 demo release (a new release is supposedly on the way). The...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues