Tuesday 7 August 2018
Phideaux - Snowtorch (2011)
The ninth album from this US band.
The band was a ten piece big band with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, violin, piano, saxophone, keyboards and vocals.
The band had help from two other musicians who provided flute, cello and soprano saxophone.
Phideaux is Phideaux Xavier (acoustic guitar, piano and vocals) own project and he has help from numerous other musicians.
Sometimes, the albums has been more in the singer/songwriter tradition, stripped down as the music has been. Other times again, the music has been bold and brash. Bold and brash with lots of instruments and vocals. Both female and male vocals.
Snowtorch is one of these bold and brash albums.
There is lots of instruments and vocals here. The sound is pretty big. There is also some references to the singer/songwriter tradition here. These references comes thick and fast.
The album is in the symphonic prog tradition and it may be a concept album. I am not sure. But it would not surprise me.
The end result is a good album where the lack of any great or even very good songs is my only gripe. Nevertheless, check out this band and this album.