Art Rock Show – Veil (Week 23)

Drifting Sun is een Britse progressive rock band. Hun muziek wordt omschreven als dramatisch, theatraal en atmosferisch. We denken aan groepen zoals Dream Theater, Genesis en Jethro Tull.

The Progressive Aspect review: “Drifting Sun have never flinched from staring into the heart of darkness; indeed they seem to relish it, and Veil, their latest offering, is no exception. It is a conceptually complex album, exploring such existential challenges as sin and betrayal, dementia and insanity and the ravages of old age. These are intertwined with meditations on the theme of love from a variety of traditions. Since the band is the project of pianist and composer Pat Sanders, it’s no surprise that the music is predominantly keyboard-centric – and when the keyboards are this good that’s definitely a plus! – but the other musicians all have ample chance to shine and make a significant contribution to the sonic landscape.

Stylistically the music is colourful and dramatic, characterised by passionate vocals, multi-layered instrumental textures and complex, twisty rhythms. It shares similarities with neo-prog bands such as Pallas and Marillion, together with the occasional nod to classic prog, but these elements are skilfully subsumed into a vibrantly evocative style that is unique to Drifting Sun. (…)

Drifting Sun has delivered another darkly atmospheric and unsettling feast of an album. It is more succinct and tightly organised than Forsaken Innocence, with instrumental sections closely integrated into the overall structure of each track. Once again Pat has assembled a stellar cast of musicians who clearly live and breathe the music, delivering a passionate and committed performance. Instead of having a continuous narrative running through the album each track functions like an act in a powerful and immersive drama, exploring its central themes through contrasting characters and backdrops. The subtle cross-references between tracks help to create a satisfying sense of unity and flow. Is this Drifting Sun’s best album so far? Each listener must make their own decision, but if you like your prog sinister, melodramatic and totally enthralling then this is an album you cannot afford to miss.”

Naast Drifting Sun (Veil), Different Light (Binary Suns (Part 1)), Elephants Of Scotland (The Perfect Map), Vienna Circle (White Clouds), Kaprekar’s Constant (Depth of Field), Hangover Paradise (Mirrors) & Nine Stones Close (St Lo).

  • Thursday/Donderdag 12.00 – 24.00
  • Friday/Vrijdag 12.00 – 24.00
  • Saturday/Zaterdag 12.00 – 24.00

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