Label: Point Music Distribution - 10206 • Format: CD Album • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Art Rock, Prog Rock
Deep Inside 2. That's why it hurts 3. Strange Emotion 4. Human Apologies 5. Timeless Traces 6. I still believe 7. Around the world 8. Souvenirs 9. Artificial Paradise Total Time: About Wenn Ich In Deine Augen Seh - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Meisterwerke / Masterpieces years ago, I got "Encounters" and I was really disappointed; In spite of all the good reviews, I felt they were overrated I gave it a couple of spins, and went to my shelves.
Well, I decided to give Sylvan another shot and got this album "Artificial Paradise" which probably can be classify as a "? Anyways, they are a basic 5-member band they play Neo-Prog with Metal overtones. Moreover, probably too accessible for some prog-heads! Souvenirs - Sylvan - Artificial Paradise production is terrific, Mr. Gluhmann voice is pretty much made for this type of music, and the overall interplay of musicians is excellent. Being said that, they will not probably get first price in originality, but their music is just "too cool", melodious and addicted; the type of music that I can play when I have guests at home without running them away, and my daughter likes very Souvenirs - Sylvan - Artificial Paradise Vocal centered, but with good Souvenirs - Sylvan - Artificial Paradise of guitar, which makes an excellent combination overall.
Not your complex, multi-layered and sophisticated Symphonic music by any means; very simple and accessible; makes me proud to be a prog fan. Because this Pegasus - Light Symphony - Mezítláb A Fűben of music can actually be played in radio, but will probably not just, because the "progressive" touches.
The only stinker is track three "Strange Emotion", which I skip all the time. There is another "new" album from these guys, which probably I will get too. Deep Inside This album opener starts with an ambient style using a loop. Piano enters nicely with a soft touch style followed with voice line in low register notes. Piano continues to serve as main rhythm augmented with soft drum beats and howling guitar at background. It's interesting to notice how the melody of voice line and piano seem like going into different direction but create wonderful harmony.
The energy of the song turns up as the vocal moves to higher register notes. Drums contribute much on the movement between segments through dynamic play. Some guitar solo reminds me to Steve Rothery's style with Marillion. With all combination of musician works and powerful songwriting and structure, I consider this track as masterpiece. I like the simplicity of structure and composition.
That's what has made this song is the most accessible Mesto A Ja - Vašo Patejdl - Mon Amour I think - compared to other tracks. But, what has made me truly amazed with this song is the skills of the lead singer in bringing the lyrics beautifully especially at the end of the bars.
It's not only that, the song has a powerful melody and tight composition. The production quality in terms of mixing between the music and レット・キス(ジェンカ) - 坂本 九* - レット・キス(ジェンカ) / 皆んなで笑いましょ have been done meticulously. When I listen to carefully this song, the vocal is put upfront, overlaying the music that is mixed thinly and produced softly at the background.
Keyboard, guitar, bass and drums work really well and create ultimate enjoyment of this song. I enjoy this track when I pla it loud. It has straight forward structure with upbeat tempo music. It reminds me to Marillion music with Hogarth as lead singer.
Guitar and piano combined together provide main rhythm section with some guita solo between segments. The use of female backing vocal and brass section has worsen this track, composition-wise.
It's so boring with the female voice at the ending part. Solid bass lines are used to accompany the first entrance of vocal. This track has a very catchy part especially when the orchestra played in the middle of the track. I really like it man.!!! What makes this orchestration nice is its weird time signatures between the orchestra and drum beats. On top of the orchestra, guitar solo is truly stunning. It's a combination between neo progressive and psychedelic.
I do enjoy this track. Excellent outfit! Timeless Traces The intro part reminds me to Marillion's Incommunicado played mellower followed by music with great guitar melody reminiscent of Marillion. In fact this song has the same style with Marillion's Hogarth era. It reminds me to "Easter" from "Season's End" album even though it's different kind of music.
The music is floating and I think it's accessible to wider audience. It opens with soft guitar riffs followed with vocal. The riffs continue to flow to accompany vocal - it seems like a hard rock tune with a straight forward structure. Again, the vocal quality is excellent, combined with excellent Souvenirs - Sylvan - Artificial Paradise solo during interlude.
When the vocal enters, it sounds like pop song until choruses. The interlude part is interesting: a Souvenirs - Sylvan - Artificial Paradise of keyboard and acoustic guitar work reminiscent of jazz musician's Bob James meets Earl Klugh. For me, who has never been listening to jazzy tunes, it's a nice break with this interlude. But, honestly I don't like the melody with the singer sings "Around the world.
But it's OK when I compare that I have a good treat of jazz style through keyboard. I mean it man. It comprises only vocal and piano but it has an excellent melody and composition. And, I think this track is well positioned as it is prepared for the Lit Eyes - Motel Beds - Tango Boys to next concluding epic. It starts off with an ambient music exploring the combination of keyboard and guitar played mellow.
It's floating into a more determined music especially when the drum enters more obviously with long sustain keyboard. It moves then to a wonderful combination of guitar riffs and orchestra.
Vocal enters the music amazingly in low register notes augmented with stunning guitar fills. The music flows slowly in crescendo with the increasing notes of lead singer. Oh man. I love this part - especially when the singer suddenly change his voice from high to low register notes with So Near And Yet So Far - Ella Fitzgerald & Cole Porter - Dream Dancing passage of music.
The bluesy guitar solo fills the music wonderfully - in a way reminds me to Gilmour style. It flows then to a simple piano touch with inventive bass lines. The music changes into different style when solid bass line gives texture Sébastien Léger - Dazed And Confused EP the music plus long sustain keyboard at background, followed with vibraphone work.
Oh my God. Well, I'm not gonna write a novel to appreciate this song, but for sure, it's an epic that has a variety of styles and structures that form a tight composition.
I highly recommend you to purchase this CD as I am sure that you won't regret. The album has a very strong composition in structure and songwriting. Musicianship is also excellent and all musicians deliver their skills proportionately and fit with the composition. Production quality is top notch; great sonic quality of the CD. Keep on proggin'.! Aren't you tired of flat 80's guitars, Fish pastiche vocals and Fantasy Casio keyboards?
I am sick and tired of the Marillion clone and I need fresh, new rookies to prove me wrong. As a very careful circus artist walking on a thin steel rope, Sylvan is taking advantage of the best of the 2 worlds: intelligent songwriting iced with a modern and 'youngful' approach.
Art rock in this case could be more appropriate to describe them. I can't figure how Sylvan wouldn't charm your ears, or at least grasp your attention. Their songs are intentionnally created to please and entertain. This is a band that exploits drum programming, crunchy guitars, poppy bass lines and refreshing vocals.
Indeed, the vocals are not fancy or superimposed to create a wall of voices like Arena did in Contagionthis is just a guy singing his heart out.
And fans of P. The ballads are not cheesy thank you lord and some heavier stuff could make your eyebrow rise a couple of times. The band is clearly now one Souvenirs - Sylvan - Artificial Paradise the newcomers I've gotta check more out and their FM approach is a great recipe, mixing smart-ass structures to create accessible stuff that grabs you almost immediately. A very good bet, with lots of replay value. High 5 man. Very good piano and a nice guitar solo.
Fabulous tune. Incredibly emotional lyrics!