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Press review - Radioindy - Ode To Brother Horn

Pressespiegel press review :: Nick Tate - Progression Magazine issue 58 (fall 2009)

 

2008 (CD, 69:48);INDEPENDENT RELEASE
STYLE: PROGRESSIVE/NEW AGE
SOUND 4|COMPOSITION 3|MUSICIANSHIP 4|PERFORMANCE 3
TOTAL RATING 14 (of 16)

Mining the same musical territroy as Stomu Yamashta and Jade Warrior, Austrian artist-musician Elmar C. Fuchs is a new age master with a progressive-rock sensibility. Over the past 25 years, Fuchs (Eloah) has produced a handful of evocative releases merging Eastern and Western music in ways that suggest a kind of Transcendental Meditation. His latest offering, Ode To Brother Horn, is no exception.
Standout tracks a la "Paradise Lost" and "Listen To Your Soul" layer shimmering acoustic guitar flourishes over fluid piano, flute and synthesizer blends. The harder-rocking "Human Legacy" features a strong vocal performance and driving beat, yet maintains Fuchs' restrained, cathartic approach. The only real quibble here is Fuchs' limited vocal range. But he compensates by treating the singing - sometimes whispered, shouted, growled or spoken - to enhance his voice's depth and variety. In the end, the overall affect is nothing short of enchanting. - Nick Tate