Monday 15 May 2017
Anakdota - Overloading (2016)
The debut album from this band from Israel.
The band is a quintet with a lineup of piano, keyboards, bass, drums, male and female English vocals. A guest musician contributes with guitar on one of the eight songs.
The first thing I noticed about this band and album was the record label. Fading Records is a part of the AltRock Production empire. This is the best record labels for prog and art rock in today's world. Hence, I purchased this album...... and promptly forgot it. Until a forthnight ago when I started to listen to this album.
Fading Records never do easy listening albums or albums which is easy to review. This is again the case for Anakdota's Overloading album. Let me see...... Where to start ?
The lack of guitars tells a lot about this album. The melodies are shaped by mostly piano and vocals. The keyboards also plays an important role here. Ditto for the drums and bass.
The vocals are both clear and good. There is a lot of interplays between male and female vocals. The music is a bit of an oddity........
Take a lot of art rock, add some jazz, add some avant-garde, add a lot of symphonic prog, add some Canterbury and add some pop music. The music is very melodic though, but in a weird sense of melodic. This is clearly Art-Rock with big letters.
The piano is sometime melodic and sometimes dissonant. But is is everywhere. Which is not a bad thing. It makes this a very elegant album indeed.
My only gripe is the lack of a great piece of music. A piece of music which grabs me. But this is a very promising debut album and one to check out.