Exposé Online banner

Odyssice — Silence
(Cyclops CYCL175, 2009, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2011-06-01

Silence Cover art

Dutch band Odyssice’s new album has been several years in the making, but it was worth the wait. The band has gone though some changes since 2000’s Impression, most notably the addition of bassist Peter Kosterman. Musically speaking Odyssice will scratch the neo-prog itch, specifically for those who thirst for Dust and Dreams-era Camel or newer IQ. Much of this has to do with guitarist Bastiaan Peeters’ ability to spin out lyrical and bluesy leads that have an engaging vitality and approachability to them. The leadoff track, “21,” sounds like Andy Latimer himself might have been sitting in with the band, though Peeters is his own man for the most part and does a good job giving the songs — all instrumentals — an expressive and melodic voice. His bandmates also deliver the goods, with Kosterman and keyboard player Jeroen van der Wiel especially shining on “Flags without a Heart.” The album peaks on the following track, “Continental Motion,” that nails what most of these songs seem to be aiming for: creating a wide-screen and impressionistic musical tableau. Much of this also comes from van der Wiel keyboards, which feature expansive string patches and piano that give the songs color and gravitas rather than another solo voice. There’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about this album, but it functions nicely in an old-school prog sort of way. With the founders of prog beginning to head toward retirement it’s nice to have bands like this to fill the void.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2009 releases

Related artist(s): Odyssice

Latest news

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Astralis - Bienvenida al interior – Astralis are part of the explosion of new prog rock bands emerging from Latin and South America, Chile to be more specific. The band was formed around guitarist and singer Patricio Vera in 1999 and...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues