Saturday 5 October 2019

Pale Acute Moon - Newtopia (1985)

The one and only album from this Japanese band.

The band is listed as a seven piece big band with a lineup of guitars, keyboards, drums, bass and vocals.

Nothing is known about this band besides of the band releasing this album on LP in 1050 copies in Japan and the two re-releases on CD. Outside Japan, that means a Musea CD with bonus tracks.

The band gives us almost fifty minutes with neo-prog. There is a lot of symphonic prog on this album too. There is also a lot of Supertramp inspired music on this album too.

This album is also a concept album. The lyrics are in Japanese, I believe. The problem with vocals from Japanese vocalists is that they sings in a light, thin voice.  The vocals here is shrieking and not muscular at all. Hence, I cannot make out the words.

The music has a lot of details and some decent melodies too.

There is a lot of piano here and the music is not particular loud or heavy. It is rather elegant and classy.

This album is not the finest neo/symphonic prog album from Japan. It is still an album well worth checking out for those avid followers of neo and symphonic prog.

2.5 points

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