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

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Phideaux - Doomsday Afternoon – This is a very different turn from last year’s The Great Leap, but that’s what Phideaux does – a different sound with every new release, but one can always count on excellent compositions, great...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues