Friday 21 February 2020

Childwood - Opalessence (2020)

The debut album from this Dutch band.

The band is a sextet with a lineup of saxophone, double bass, guitars, electronics, drums, violin and vocals.

I have never heard about this band before. But new blood is always welcome.

It is doubtful that this band can be labeled as a progressive rock band if a narrow definition is being applied. Their music is indeed progressive though and breaking down genres. Hence this review.

Take a bit chunk of laid back jazz, add eclectic prog, art rock, contemporary jazz and some fusion.

The female vocals is bordering to operatic at times and the saxophone, alto saxophone, is very much dominant on this album.

There are some weird, jazzy rhythms and melodies here too. Some bohemian jazz rhythms and melodies.

The music is pretty melodic with some electronica and bass solos intertwined.

The band has still to hit the right tones. Nevertheless, this is a decent to good album and well worth checking out.

2.5 points

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