RMP - For The Light

(CD 2017, 48:07, Art Beat Music ‎- AB-CD-07 2017 121)

The tracks:
  1- Wounded By The Lack Of Light(2:16)
  2- Keep No Thou Silence(2:56)
  3- A Dedication To The Floydian Sun(4:00)
  4- Create In Me A Clean Heart(4:41)
  5- The Thing In The Light(3:14)
  6- Dancing Through The Twilight(3:05)
  7- Delivered From The Snare Of The Fowler(3:54)
  8- Irish Shine(2:51)
  9- Coming Of The Troubled Waters(5:48)
10- A Flower In The Smoke(4:42)
11- For The Light(10:35)


Another Bandcamp release is from the Russian musicians in the Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Project (RMP).

This mainly instrumental album gives you a wide range of seventies prog influenced tracks. Sometimes quite experimental, a-rhythmic and leaning towards King Crimson or VDGG if you want. And undoubtedly (A Dedication To The Floydian Sun) Pink Floyd. But I still have the feeling when listening, that despite of the many influences you hear these musicians have created their own style. It's refreshing to hear this old prog sound in this new era of music. As if they revived it. It's absolutely clear that these musicians know what they are doing.

The first ten tracks are quite short and that's a good thing. I personally think they would get me bored me as a listener. This has also to do with the fact that this kind of prog is not really my cup of tea.

The closing track is the title track and respects my holy rule of prog. It exceeds the 10 minutes! Does that make this album better? Not in my opinion. When you create some 2 second pauses in this track, it could easily make 2 or 3 separate pieces. Or the other way around, leave out the spaces and it could be a 48 minute epos.
It's not a bad album, but I think these very talented musicians could do better in the future. Maybe accompanied by a good vocalist they'd grow even more. Let's look at this one as a prelude to much more great prog from Russia.

**+ Erik van Os (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)

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