Exposé Online banner

The Windmill — Tribus
(Apollon Records ARTP002, 2018, CD / LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2019-06-04

Tribus Cover art

Tribus is the first album I’ve heard by this Norwegian band, though they’ve been together since 2001 and have two previous releases to their credit. For the most part, they hone closely to the tenets of melodic progressive rock, with prominent flute and keyboards providing a symphonic backing for relatively simple tunes — not that this should be taken as any kind of negative, I just mean that you won’t hear complex fusiony odd-meter rhythms or intricate polyphony. Reasonable references might include Genesis (Wind and Wuthering era), The Pineapple Thief, and contemporary groups like Oak, Airbag, Magic Pie, and so on. They inflect the music with a number of different flavors, from folky acoustic pastoral sounds to somewhat spacy grooves to soaring melodic choruses, and (with one exception) handle all well. That exception is a pseudo-jazz section in the middle of “The Tree,” a side-long epic that is otherwise quite good. Jazz just does not seem to be in their idiom, so we get simple chords and a clunky sax solo over a stiff swung beat with a walking bass line. But like I said, that’s a relatively short section in a long piece. Piano provides much of the basis for the pieces, with the full complement of other keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, and rhythm section. Fans of well-crafted symphonic rock should find a lot to enjoy with Tribus, and even I, whose taste generally runs to the avant side of the spectrum, was pulled into The Windmill’s sound.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): The Windmill

More info
http://www.apollonrecords.no/product-page/the-windmill-tribus-cd

Latest news

2021-01-18
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 Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
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

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
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

2020-10-06
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


Previously in Exposé...

The Strato Ensemble - Drawn Straws – Hovering somewhere between jazz-rock fusion and explorative electronic sounds, this group of improvisors is led by keyboardist Dean De Benedictis, who has already received great reviews in our pages...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues