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Guranfoe — Sum of Erda
(Apollon Records , 2019, CD / LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-05-22

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The oddly named Guranfoe is a band from Norfolk, England. They have a ton of live material recorded over the last eight years on Bandcamp and Sum of Erda is their debut studio album. After years of writing music they decided to utilize the natural acoustics of a Cold War bunker in the countryside north of Norwich, England to record and mix their album. Sum of Erda is a loose concept album about the planet Guranfoe: summer then winter, light then dark. Guranfoe the band is James Burns (guitars), Ollie Snell (guitars), Robin Breeze (bass, keyboards), and Joe Burns (drums, percussion, synths), and they are joined by guest musicians Rob Milne (flute, clarinet), David Boyce (recorder), Calum McKemmie (violin), and Dan Ball (vibraphone). The five instrumental tracks “Eventide,” “Night’s First Light,” “Karu Vatsarin,” “Etsinta Visions,” and “Etsinta Harvest in the Thar Sands” touch upon various influences plus Guranfoe’s own style. “Eventide” has a 70s prog sound that is an amalgam of Camel and Zappa. “Night’s First Light” is jazzy prog fusion. “Karu Vatsarin” blends both melodic and aggressive prog with elements of Jade Warrior. “Etsinta Vision” builds upon waves of music. And “Etsinta Harvest in the THar Sands” is energetic prog that incorporates a phrase from Joe Cocker’s cover of “With a Little Help from My Friends” along with a variety of mood shifts and an Arabic vibe. If you are searching for some pleasant and soothing instrumental prog, then check out Sum of Erda.

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