Pravda — The Clarity of Chaos
(Sonus West no#, 2012, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-04-01This Pravda (not to be confused with other bands by the same name) hails from Idaho, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The trio features keyboards, drums, and a guitarist doubling on bass, with all members sharing the vocal duties. On this, their fourth release in ten years, they prove themselves masters of the proggy-prog extended length multi-part suites, a modern take on that classic idiom with a sound that is their own, but some parallels could be drawn with contemporaries like Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, and especially Spock's Beard due to the vocal and compositional approach they take. There are some jazz and eastern elements, along with some mid-70's Floydian moves infused here alongside the classic prog-rock and prog-metal styles that make up the core of their sound. The shortest of the album's six tracks clocks in at just over eight minutes, and the longest is the opener at fourteen (that's not counting the nineteen minute closer that's mostly annoying dead space - there should be a law against that!), so the listener is in for a real treat if long involved pieces with numerous sections pegs your progmeter. The title track in particular is adventurous and edgy, always finding new twists and turns to keep it interesting over its twelve-plus minute duration, with some great lyrics and harmony vocal breaks to boot. There's a lot herein to recommend.
Related artist(s): Pravda
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Liberation. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more