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ONCE AND FUTURE BAND

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CASTLE FACE


Format: LP
Cata No: CF083
Barcode: 814867022873
Format: CD
Cata No: CF083CD
Barcode: 814867022880
In the vapor trail of “How Does It Make You Feel,” the
first track on this self-titled full length, one can smell the
burnt ozone of a seventies-full-orchestra-nebula-pop-odyssey,
the flakes floating down and landing like snow, giving
grave-chills … the ash of a masterpiece pop song. Once
And Future Band: this incredibly accomplished cabal of
total prog wizards has circled the earth, but then, these are
the accomplished gentlemen of many former pursuits (the
formidable Drunk Horse among them) and all of them
comets themselves.
The very mid-’70s vibe at work here surpasses pastiche,
and crests that lovely anachronistic conceptual peak: a
fully realized and meticulously arranged psych record,
meant to be listened to from top to bottom, with the lights
down low and in a comfy chair perhaps, or while gazing
out the window of your life pod. The Dark Side of the
Moon feel, with shades of early Yes’s technicality, a dash of
Steely Dan’s vocal prowess and effortless sheen, and some
seriously outsized hooks that call to mind the mighty ELO,
Le Orme and, yes, even the unsinkable Queen powered on
Brian May’s tape echo jet fuel and sequined power cells.
This is a head record in the classic sense but utter fealty to
The Dark One insures both being trapped and infected by the
pop-parasite. That it is largely self-produced (with tracking
/ engineering on three of the songs by Phil Manley at El
Studio) makes it all the more jaw dropping. Making prog
cool again, again, and then slightly more complicatedly,
again.

Tracks:

1. How Does It Make You Feel?
2. I?ll Be Fine
3. Hide & Seek
4. Rolando
5. Tell Me Those Are Tears Of Joy
6. Magnetic Memory
7. Standing In The Wake Of Violence

Press:

For fans of The Dark Side Of The Moon,
early Yes, Steely Dan, ELO, Queen
ALREADY PLAYED A BUNCH ON MARC RILEY SHOW!!!

 

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