Earth Vision Impact

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Like all of Galileo's bands, Swedish prog rock trio Thønk's brand of progressiveness doesn't exactly emanate from some forward-looking impetus or vision, but rather finds its spiritual base in art rock that was, in most cases, some 20 to 25 years passé by the time they had strapped on their instruments. If that doesn't strike you as an amusing irony, the trio's debut outing, Earth Vision Impact, will offer a smorgasbord of characteristic genre hallmarks, and with plenty of dynamic color and narrative texture. The prominent, intertwining synthesizer layering is present, as are the complex rhythms, tricky bass runs, and -- while wholly instrumental -- near Tolkien-esque flights of fantasia. Others listeners who take the label "progressive" at its dictionary meaning are likely to find the irony something less than happy and the music that accompanies it as unappealing as recalling an adolescence spent playing Dungeons & Dragons or Myst. And yet, first impressions are moderately deceiving in this case, and Thønk does add some intriguing and original sparks to the template, owing in large part to the backgrounds of the members. Two-thirds of the combo is schooled in jazz, and that shows in many of the songs, usually to fine effect, with dexterous runs, some subtle swing, and a depth of feeling often lacking in similarly inclined music. The music occasionally even takes on the qualities of or evokes classically Romantic tone poems, particularly "Pomme." In those moments, the music actually opens up thrilling if still obtuse possibilities in terms of both storyline and tone. And this isn't all stony-faced myth-making, as the whimsical, almost B-movie organ runs on "Garden" prove. At the same time, their chops aren't enough to create full-impact fireworks. There is a lot to like about Earth Vision Impact and a lot that suggests Thønk has even more impressive music in them. For a first go-around, it is strong, but its aftertaste isn't particularly lasting or savory.

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5 6:32
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