15 October 2016

The Kids Are Alright...

I must confess than when I read that Synaesthesia had changed their name to Kyros after one just album, I rolled my eyes... When I subsequently read that Kyros "debut" release, Vox Humana, would be a 2CD double album, I rolled my eyes again... What were these guys smoking? None of this seemed to be sensible or pragmatic for such a young band.

Well screw sensible or pragmatic, what do I know?!

Vox Humana is a masterpiece of modern progressive music, standing shoulder to shoulder with some of the recent top releases from established and veteran artists, indeed in many cases surpassing them.

First off Kyros sound so much better Synaesthesia. I liked the Synaesthesia album, it was pretty good, but Vox Humana has grabbed me in a way that I haven't musically experienced in many years. The sound is deep and beautifully rounded, the production first class. It has a modernity exemplified by its use of EDM/Dubstep influences, but retains core progressive elements and a degree of commerciality as required. I stick this album on repeat and don't get bored with it.

The nearest musical comparison I could find for Kyros, would probably be Frost*, with a dollop of Muse and an occassional dash of Marillion added for good measure, but even that doesn't really describe just how good this band and this album is.

Overall I think I can sum Vox Humana up in four words. Album of the Year.

10 October 2016

STCBM063: Save Me From the Rain

Tonight’s Sounds That Can Be Made playlist:

Konchordat - Save Me From the Rain (from Rise to Order)
Messenger - Dear Departure (from Illusory Blues)
Spock's Beard - Get Out While You Can (from The Oblivion Particle)
Darrel Treece-Birch - Legacy (from No More Time)
Nth Ascension - End of Days (from In Fine Initium)
Anathema - Pressure (from A Fine Day to Exit)
cosmograf - Relativity (from The Unreasonable Silence)
Different Light - Transient Dream (from The Burden of Paradise)
Fish - The Other Side of Me (from A Feast of Consequences)

The Eighties at 8: 
Ben Liebrand - The Eve Of The War (radio edit) (from The Eve Of The War (Remix))
Queen - Flash (single edit) (from Flash)

Feeder - Buck Rogers (from Echo Park)
Radiohead - Airbag (from OK Computer)
Sebas Honing - Ditching Fear (from The Big Shift)
Genesis - Firth of Fifth (from Selling England By The Pound)

3 October 2016

STCBM062: Beautiful Songs You Should Know

Tonight’s Sounds That Can Be Made playlist:

No-Man - Beautiful Songs You Should Know (from Schoolyard Ghosts)
Sphelm - Crystal Catcher (from These Roots Know No Boundaries)
Karda Estra - Lighthouse (from The Seas And The Stars)
Skyharbor - Blind Side (from Blind Side)
Psygnosis - Loozing Zeppelin 2.Alt (from Sublimation)
Archive - Taste of Blood (from Lights)
Galahad - Empires Never Last (Orchestral version) (from Empires Never Last vinyl)
KYROS - Dilate (from Vox Humana)
Phideaux - Helix (from Snowtorch)
The Room - Bedlam (from Beyond The Gates Of Bedlam)

The Eighties at 8: 

New Order - Blue Monday (from Blue Monday)
Uriah Heep - Think It Over (from Abominog)

Ólafur Arnalds - So Close [feat. Arnor Dan] (from Broadchurch OST)
Agent Fresco - Wait For Me (from Destrier)
The Gift - Tuesday's Child (from Why The Sea Is Salt)