Crashride is a debut album made by French Canadians Jean-Sébastien Côté (composer, sound designer) and François Therriault (guitarist, composer), and has different musicians contributing on several tracks. The sleeve looks very interesting, it reminds me of a microscopic cluster of plant cells. The music itself is mostly instrumental. It is dreamy progressive and electronic music, with lovely ambient and soundscape moments, which I find very beautiful. Twelve tracks that are between three and six minutes long, which sound very good. Keyboards/synthesizers, guitars, bass, Chapman stick and v-drums are mostly presented. Frédérike Bédard provides vocals on some of the songs. This is a tough album to review track by track, because the instruments you hear are often merged together perfectly, making it one gamut of musicality.
This is not just an album review, but also a personal story about my introduction to the music of Crescent Moon. A band I never heard of, which isn’t odd at all, because they just released their debut album The Lidless Room only half a year ago (December 2015). And I know, this is a debut album that will stay with me forever.
When I was a young teenager I was into rock and metal. My favourite band was Nickelback, which I discovered back in 2001, when I was twelve years old. Of course, Nickelback is still one of my favourite bands out there, so you’re allowed to point your pitchforks at me, haha! I always had the feeling that I ‘missed’ something in the rock and metal music I listened to. It was too ‘straightforward’, while I was looking for rock music with surprising elements, a certain atmosphere and ‘more going on than the regular rock music’.
Yay! A website where you can compile/arrange your own top 20 album list! What a cool thing! I probably forgot a lot of awesome pearls in my list, but I’m very proud of this one!
Check out my top 20 here (and you can compile your own list there too): https://www.20albums.com/list/5736524b60941?1463177803
What, another personal playlist already? Yes, another one, because there’s so much great music to share with you guys!
Since this year I also translate some of my latest interviews in Dutch, which you can read on Progpraat.com! Go check it out:
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Changes is the second album from guitarist/singer-songwriter/composer Mister Peculiar. It’s a concept album about the journey through a young man’s mind. First thing that I thought about was the fact that it sounds a lot like Pink Floyd and Roger Waters’s solo work… Actually, it reminds me too much of Pink Floyd and Roger Waters. What’s also a bit disappointing is that the vocals are not fantastic in my opinion, I hear he has an accent despite his English is good.