Friday 1 September 2017
Thieves' Kitchen - The Clockwork Universe (2015)
The sixth album from this British band.
The band is a trio with a lineup of guitars, keyboards and female vocals. They are helped out by two Anglagard members and one Sanguine Hum member on bass, flute and drums.
I have not had the pleasure of listening to their first five albums. The band originated from the British neo-prog band Grey Lady Down. The band released four albums who did not set the world on fire.
The music here reminds me a bit about Magenta. But not much. The band has mixed neo-prog, a bit folk rock and a great deal of cool laidback jazz..... and made a good soundscape out of this mix.
Amy Darby's vocals is really great. I also like a bit of the mellotron the band is mixing into their sound too. Yes, three of the six musicians who were involved in this album are members of Anglagard. That shows up on this album.
The sound is really very good throughout this fifty minutes long album. There is no great songs here. But there is enough positives here for me to get out and purchase their first five albums.
This is really an album well worth checking out. Thieve's Kitchen is also a new discovery for me and one I really want to explore more.