Exposé Online banner

Ring van Möbius — Past the Evening Sun
(Apollon Records ARP011, 2018, CD / LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2018-07-07

Past the Evening Sun Cover art

If you’ve got an itch that is scratched by Il Balletto di Bronzo and Van der Graaf Generator, Ring van Möbius is here to help. Not that they’ve copied the Balletto or VdGG sounds precisely — they just operate in the same general area and do it really well. Classic keyboards, grand melodies, heavy riffs, complex compositions, all can be found in the three tracks that make up Past the Evening Sun. But there’s more, including some spaced-out sections with spoken words and some edgy saxophone. The title track, a side-long epic stretching nearly 22 minutes, starts with a moody prolog featuring multiple synthesizer parts weaving around each other, with an organ sneaking in to introduce a great riff belted out by bass guitar, organ, and sax. After a sax solo, there’s a section with long organ chords backing a vocal part with ethereal backing vocals. In spite of the lack of guitar, the band definitely leans more towards an Italian sound than ELP. Organ is the most widely used instrument, but Mellotron, clavinet, and Minimoog-like sounds are widely present. Thor Erik Helgesen is excellent on the keyboards, though not necessarily flashy, and his vocals are pleasant and melodic, with occasional touches of grit but not harsh. The Van der Graaf comparison is courtesy of the sax, which is contributed by guest Karl Christian Grønhaug — his wild playing provides a great counterbalance for all the keys, further proving that a guitar is not needed. Bassist Håvard Rasmussen is solid, often opting for a gritty tone, sometimes kicking in the fuzz pedal for extra impact. The other factor is drummer Dag Olav Husås, who supports the music perfectly, driving the riffs when it’s needed or setting the mood with more ambient sounds in the quieter passages. He even adds timpani to great effect on "End of Greatness." There is no shortage of good progressive bands coming out of Norway and Sweden these days, and many of them have a strong presence from classic keyboard sounds, but Ring van Möbius has enough to set them apart from the pack to be worth checking out. In fact, the quality of the compositions and the emotional flow of the music is very appealing, so in the realm of classic-style progressive rock, Past the Evening Sun is sure to be among the highlights of 2018.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Ring van Möbius

Latest news

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Judy Dyble - Talking with Strangers – For those of you not old enough to remember, Judy Dyble was Fairport Convention’s original vocalist who left after their first album. She then hooked up with Ian McDonald and the original line...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues