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Snowtorch

Phideaux Vinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)


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  • Vinyl (March 21, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bloodfish Media
  • ASIN: B0054I8ALO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Snowtorch (Part One)
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3. Helix
4. Snowtorch (Part Two)

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Gatefold vinyl edition of Snowtorch, a surreal concept album of quirky music from art rock band Phideaux. Meditations on DNA, Demons and the letter D.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional musical journey May 30, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is my first exposure to Phideaux (other than a few samples from their website), and I am very impressed. While some aspects of the band remind me a bit of early Genesis, perhaps in part because of band mastermind Phideaux Xavier's voice having some similarity to Peter Gabriel, there are also a lot of unique and original elements to the music. A lot of this album is very piano-driven, giving it a fairly "organic" feel despite the presence of more modern instruments.

Unlike many modern progressive rock artists, Phideaux have mastered music in the long form, realizing that a long song shouldn't be a series of shorter songs strung together or endless repetition. Snowtorch is essentially one long piece, with the related song "Helix" in the middle as a bit of an interlude. The band are all competent musicians and play well together, and the female vocals are strong and complement Phideaux's voice well. The album is shorter than a lot of modern albums at about 44 minutes, but that's not necessarily a bad thing; the music doesn't outstay it's welcome, and I'd rather have it end where it does than have a bunch of extra tracks that don't fit in musically tacked on to the end. Highly recommended for fans of progressive rock and other challenging music.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snowtorch April 22, 2011
By Dave
Format:Audio CD
Snowtorch

Snowtorch is another intriguing work in a line of albums by Phideaux Xavier and his friends. I was lucky enough to see Phideaux at a small club in LA recently (a very rare appearance in Los Angeles according to a couple of gracious members of the group) and it was nice to see such warmth and dedication displayed there that night. The music was great considering the tiny stage holding about 10 to 12 musicians and vocalists and equipment! Since then I have been holding my breath waiting for the next album to arrive. I don't recall them previewing Snowtorch though. There are few art rock groups like Phideaux although I understand leader Phideaux Xavier cites many influences in the creation and playing of the albums. So what about Snowtorch?

From what I have read and heard in interviews with Mr. Xavier, and perhaps a bit of talk at the LA show (I can't remember which is which!) Snowtorch was to be an album modeled after Thick as a Brick (TAAB) by Jethro Tull- an influence cited over and over in the Phideaux world. I can see the connection in the layout and occasionally in some of the varied elements of composition and playing, but I think that's where the similarity ends but I could be wrong. Where TAAB examines the world back when it was written in the 70s, Snowtorch feels very `science-fiction' or maybe just pure scientific. As always with Phideaux, I'm never exactly sure where the intended meaning lies but I do have fun working through my own interpretations, and I think that's what Phideaux wants us to do- work it out for ourselves while listening to great music. Overall, I get a mixture of warning and hope when listening to this album (streamed only thus far from the Bloodfish website).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Fantastic Album February 14, 2012
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This is the first Phideaux album (I have all the rest)I bought as an LP. Very well done and brought back the days when album art and packaging was king! The music is a little more subdued but still brilliant. Just like the other albums, you just don't want it to end. Try it, you'll like it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything just right December 26, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Phideaux does everything right here. The musicians are skilled, but don't show off. The music is varied, but not chaotic. The sound is grand, but not pompous. Wild and restrained, excellent and modest at the same time. Snowtorch hits all the sweet spots.

Pure prog rock completely without the excesses that spoils so much of the genre.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2011 January 31, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
Amazing album. Not a radical departure from the last 2 albums (Doomsday Afternoon, Number Seven), but why would the band do something crazy like that. Such perfect melodies and rhythms. Phideaux Xavier is a musical genius. I feel lucky to be around when he and the band release an album since I missed those days when Selling England by the Pound or Passion Play came out in the 70's. Just put on this album and sit back. It will open your mind like nothing else.
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