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Autumnal Blossom

Spellbound

Review by Gary Hill

This is an intriguing set. It's related to folk prog. It's related to classical music. It's very artsy. It also works really well. The vocals are female. The music is unusual and compelling. All in all, this is good stuff.

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Track by Track Review
I Treanscendence

                          
Because I Could Not Stop for Death

Atmospheric textures serve as the backdrop for slow moving, delicate vocals here.

II Diaries of an Estranged Voyager
                 

Memories of a Child

This comes in very pretty. It's more folk song oriented in a lot of ways than the opener. Piano and flute make up the bulk of the introduction. The cut grows out from there in nice fashion. Some rocking sounds emerge after the first verse and this becomes a Celtically tinged prog rocker. It's great stuff. The piano takes back control at the end of the piece.

Eternally Not Yours
Mellow picked guitar serves as the opening motif here. It has a real folk music vibe as it works its way forward. The mix of folk and classical elements here really land this in the vein of folk prog.
Beguiling Masks
A pretty Celtic jam starts this. The cut grows out into a more rocking kind of thing. It's an intriguing mix of sounds that's purely prog for sure.
Grey Masses
Piano begins this one and moves it forward. It's very artsy in a lot of ways.
My Blood
Energetic rocking music, this has classical, folk and jazz built into it. It's unusual, artsy and quite cool.
Ravenous
The moving introductory section on this feels a lot like Pink Floyd to me. Then piano takes over and the piano grows outward in an artsy kind of arrangement.
Secrets
I love the folk meets classical and trippy atmospheric sound here. This is another that's quite artsy, but it has some real meat and emotion built into it.
In These Rooms
Another cut that starts with piano, it works forward in a folk turned classical way. It eventually works out to more rocking music.
III Paradise
                   
Paradise
Trippy atmospherics bring this into being. It works to more cool prog rock territory, but still drops back here and there to mellower stuff. This is a very dynamic and powerhouse jam overall, though. It works through a lot of changes and different musical textures as it moves forward.
 
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