Monday, 30 July 2018
Kentish Spires. The - The Last Harvest (2018)
The debut album from this British band.
The Kentish Spires is a sextet with a lineup of woodwinds, bass, guitars, synths, keyboards, drums, Hammond organ and vocals. Female vocals, that is.
This new band gives us a heady mix of various progressive sub genres... And what a mix.
The band has attached themselves to the Canterbury prog scene in their own musings on their Bandcamp site. And the band is loosely speaking a Canterbury prog band.
The album starts though with an eleven minutes long song which takes the band solidly into the latter days Pink Floyd territory. Wailing vocals and a lot of the sound from the Momentary Lapse Of Reason album. That is not Canterbury prog... but it is a good song.
We also get some neo-prog, psychedelia, some symphonic prog, folk rock, pop music and symphonic prog here.
This album has one heck of a mix of genres. But there is method in this slightly madness. There is individual songs here with good vocals and a band who sounds tight and well rehearsed. There are a lot of interesting details.
This album sounds a bit confused at times. Nevertheless, it is a good album and one debut album which makes me ask for more from this band. A lot more !