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Monday 8 July 2024

Sykofant - Sykofant


Quite a few of you know that I love Prog and this is Proper Prog. It is also like an advert for my alternate non IDHAS musical life. For it mixes in Psych, Classic Rock and even a slightly Hard Rock, yet remains incredibly melodic and at times a little Pop Rock.

This is the type of Prog that I adore, built on riffs and rhythms with a vocal that enhances it. It is a masterful debut album from the Norwegian quartet. Certainly not the Prog Lite of the pretend King Gizzard wannabes.

Complex arrangements turn into stellar hypnotic riffs. At times it explodes, at others it is just hypnotic. Those riffs follow on, one after another, often delicate until they stretch out. You just find yourself lost in the wonder of it all.

It is not a simple first time listen, but perseverance allows non Prog fanatics to appreciate the breadth and depth. Six tracks in 55 minutes, including three over 10 means you have to be brave, but the rewards are sky high. I've embedded two songs, the shortest and the magnificent Between Air And Water. Please give it a go!

You can listen to and buy the album here. It is available on Vinyl and as a download.


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