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Nic Nassuet

Eleutherios

Review by Gary Hill

Folk music, progressive rock and much more is on display here. This is a diverse set. It’s fairly uniform in terms of quality. That said, not everything works equally well to my ears. Still, it’s solid.

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Track by Track Review
Cross and Crown

The opening section here is a bit creepy. As it moves out this becomes a folk meets rock and prog kind of number. It is invigorating and also quite beautiful in many ways.

Down
The mix of sounds is more or less the same here. This one has a bit of an alternative rock edge, too.
Immured
Female vocals added to this cut really bring some magic. The musical concepts here are somewhat unchanged, but this is almost like a power ballad in some ways. It has some particularly subtle and sedate music. It’s dark, but also beautiful.
When It Falls
This is a bit more straightforward. It has a lot of energy and really rocks, though. It’s still acoustic based, but it’s a rocker.
The Nothing

While the strings bring a lot of icing to the cake of this song, it’s not altogether needed. That’s because the vocal hooks and music both are exceptional here. This might be my favorite song of the whole set. This is worth the price of admission by itself.

The Giver
Slower, intricate and quite beautiful, this is a powerful piece. It’s a rather moody ballad, really. It’s also another highlight.
The Giver
Slower, intricate and quite beautiful, this is a powerful piece. It’s a rather moody ballad, really. It’s also another highlight.
Goodnight, Goodbye
The mellowest song of the disc, this is pretty much purely folk music. It’s also rather sad, but that’s appropriate given the title.
Black Dress

Although this is more of a mainstream rocker, the violin adds a different texture.

She Rides Moonlight
This is a bit more energized than some of the rest. It has a bit of a folk prog element to it. It’s a good song, but not one of my favorites. Still, the vocal lines are strong, and there are some intriguing bits of music.
 
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