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Pymlico — On This Day
(Apollon Records , 2020, CD / LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2021-02-05

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Norwegian instrumental group Pymlico have a new album, On This Day. This is my first encounter with the band, so nothing to compare it against, though this is their third release on Apollon Records, and their sixth overall. Jon Davis previously reviewed their fourth Melting Point and fifth Nightscape. and it appears that Pymlico have honed their progressive rock jazz fusion compositions. While Jon found himself thinking of Kenny G, On This Day makes me think of Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street” and laid-back nocturnal sax with an edge. The eight instrumentals flirt with late 70s pop, New Wave, prog rock, and jazz. Single words that come to mind to describe On this Day are confident, sophisticated, and subdued. On This Day is a mature album that showcases a band blossoming into its own. Melodic lines, excellent compositions, and intelligent guitar riffs abound. For me, the high point is “Partners in Crime,” an aggressively funky mix of horns, bass, guitar, and drums. On This Day is well worth checking out.

Filed under: New releases, 2020 releases

Related artist(s): Pymlico, Ole Michael Bjørndal (Caligonaut)

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