Thursday, 19 March 2020
Laughing Stock - Sunrise (2019)
The second album from this Norwegian band.
The band is a trio with a lineup of keyboards, flute, guitars, drums, bass and vocals.
This is my first meeting with this band as I did buy their 2018 debut album The Island. That album flew well under my radar.
I am perhaps not in the immediate target group of this album either. The band comes across as an indie band.
That is slightly correct, though. Nevertheless.....
... There is a strong Marillion, the Steve Hogarth era, influence in their music. A-Ha and Airbag also springs to mind. In short, the music is a mix of indie and neo-prog.
The music is very melodic and a bit laid-back on this forty-five minutes long album. Ethereal is the word.
There are some guitar solos and some good harmonies on this album. The vocals and vocal harmonies are all good.
The album is not an immediate hit with the listener, I would hazard to guess. It is a grower and it takes time to really settle. When it's nuances has revealed itself, this is a pretty good album. A good album indeed.