Deluge Grander - Oceanarium

(CD 2017, 80:00, Emkog Records, EMKOG007pre2)

The tracks:
  1- A Numbered Rat, A High Ledge, And A Maze Of Horizons(11:32)
  2- Drifting Inner Slyline Space(8:28)
  3- The Blunt Sun And The Hardened Moon(15:25)
  4- Finding A Valley In A Gray Area On A Map(3:24)
  5- Finding A Shipwreck In A Valley In An Ocean(6:20)
  6- Tropical Detective Squadron(14:10)
  7- Marooned And Torn Asunder(8:06)
  8- Water To Glass / The Ultimate Solution(12:31)

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If you like the things below, it could just be that this music is something that suits you. Are you ready to read on? Yes? Really? Alright, here it comes.

Instrumental music. Avant Garde. Cinematic. Ambitious. Driven. Potpourri of styles. Orchestral. Bombastic. Hard to find the red thread. A long album, exactly 80.00 minutes.
Yes. King Crimson. Van der Graaf Generator. The psychedelic phase of Pink Floyd. You have to undergo it, actually the music does not fit in words. You have good ears and a well-developed focus. Concentration is important, as is endurance. Even in the 1000th listen there are still new discoveries.

The song titles tell a story. The following text is printed in the CD booklet;” A rat-man expeditionist is forced to leave his home of ledges and falls into a sea-like sky. After accepting the request to determine the world's boundaries from the two tribes at the bottom, he ventures into uncharted lands and oceans. Meanwhile, back home, the story of his departure is dramatized but altered beyond recognition. He gets lost but then figures out that escaping from the planet is probably impossible”.

The given information does not name who is playing in the band. I can imagine that there are a lot of musicians playing their instruments. Speaking of instruments, the following are heard on the album: cello, trumpet, bass clarinet, flute, saxophone, hammered dulcimer, banjo, mandolin, violin, oboe, trombone, keyboards, guitars, bass and drums.

Oceanarium is the bands fourth album.

All in all, there is a lot to discover on this album. However, you have to come from a very good house to keep it going for 80 minutes, really top sport for the ears and concentration. For me this music is not reserved, although I find it very nice how the music is put together. My advice to the band would be to spread the music over two albums so the length is not a problem, which I do experience in this and that is a shame.

*** Michel Stolk (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)

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