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The new album featuring members of No-Man, I Monster, and Roxy Music
Sometimes playful, sometimes intense, sometimes eerie and ethereal, Men Singing is equal parts dynamic drums, spiky guitars and atmospheric washes of fluttering flutes and vintage keyboards.
Produced and arranged by band founders keyboardist Stephen Bennett and guitarist Tim Bowness, the album has been mixed by Jarrod Gosling, who also contributes Mellotron, glockenspiel and the wonderfully surreal artwork.
Appearing on Everyone In Sweden and Man Singing, Phil Manzanera's legendary guitar skills can be heard in the context of long-form instrumental music for the first time since his celebrated stint in 1970s mavericks Quiet Sun.
Other contributions come from Brian Eno collaborator and Slow Electric member Peter Chilvers, lead guitarist Michael Bearpark, Andrew Booker, Myke Clifford, and classical violinist Steve Bingham, all of whom have worked live with No-Man or as part of London underground club, Improvizone.
Mastered by award winning Pink Floyd sound engineer, Andy Jackson
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This cd will be the best progressive rock of 2013 and will be one of best progressive cd ever!
If you are a progressive rock fan you must buy this cd
All the 4 track are perfect
I didn't know what to expect from "Men Singing", and having purchased it at an independent record store about four hours from where I live, heard this album for the first time during a night drive home. As I was driving, I had no way of telling who was on the album (having not read the personnel info on the insert beforehand), and I had no preconceived notions of what it was about. But I thoroughly enjoyed the listening experience, and it made me smile wide.
This is an album by gifted musicians who excel at playing with sounds and textures. Different motifs and riffs repeat (or not), and form musical layers that wash over and under each other like tides. It reminds me of Fusion Jazz in places, and has some of the same spirit of early Soft Machine. You will hear some sax and flute, a fair amount of mellotron, and all kinds of guitars played by Tim Bowness (collaborator with Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson for the band No-Man). And if you hear something that sounds kind of like Phil Manzanera on "East of Echo" from Manzanera's 70's album "Diamond Head"? Manzanera does appear on the first two tracks... it's him! The drumming by Andrew Booker is excellent, and helps tie everything together. And Stephen Bennett is a master keyboardist who knows how to use his instruments to create all kinds of moods within the songs.
This record isn't much for song structure, or at least it doesn't seem that way at first listen... but it swirls around and dips and glides through a lot of places. It's a series of individual musical events that are moving along. Some meet up and marry and produce amazing moments. Others weave in and out and go their separate ways, but the results are no less amazing as the product is often a gentle mathiness that pulses, fades, brightens and repeats.
If you like playful and inventive Prog music, you will like this band. They flow like cool, clear water. Trust me: you should take the plunge.