Wednesday 21 October 2020

Iliad - Distances (1976)

The debut album from this US band.

The band was a sextet with a lineup of drums, percussion, organ, kalimba, electric piano, grand piano, flute, english horn and double bass.

This is a very obscure band from Los Angeles who released two albums and then disappeared again. 

That is a shame as at least their debut album promised a lot. I will review their second album later on.

The music here is fusion.

..But not quite fusion. The music is very much fusion as in Canterbury scene prog.

There is a lot of both Caravan and Soft Machine influences here. Caravan influences although the music is Canterbury style fusion. The reason is the quirky time shifts which is very much Caravan'esque.

The music a mix of uptempo, midtempo and pastoral fusion/Canterbury prog.

The music is organ and keyboards dominated with a strong support from flutes. This again also gives the music some folk rock and prog vibes.

There is a lot of cool details too and the music is overall good. Surprisingly good.

Iliad and this album should not be obscure. This album deserve a lot more attention. 

3 points

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