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CD REVIEW: The Deluge - Inverted Earth

By  Troy Spiropolous

 

 

 

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Artist: The Deluge
Album: Inverted Earth
Label: N/A
Website:
www.myspace.com/thedelugemusic
Genre: Classical, New Age, World
Sounds Like: Musica Angelica
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Music Grade: 9/10
Commercial value: 6/10
Overall talent: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skills: 9/10
Best Songs: The Devil's Postpile, Undulations
Strengths: Instrumentation
weaknesses: Vocalization (lack of)

 

CD REVIEW:


The Deluge are a band based out of San Diego, California, whose disc "Inverted Earth" could be classified as classical, world, or new age.
The band is comprised of Matthew O'Rane (strings, brass), Andrew McKee (gtr, bass, brass), and Grant Jordan (percussion). The cover of the disc depicts an inverted image of the twin towers shrouded in black with a tree sprouting through the darkness into the light. The production is solid (not overly compressed) allowing the warmth of the instruments to shine through and not crowd each other.


 The eight tracks on this disc are exquisitely performed ranging from four to eight minutes in length showcasing the instrumentation of this three-piece. The opening track "Vibrations" is the only track featuring vocals (a spoken word soliloquey that acts as a complimenting instrument as opposed to a vocal focal point). The music veers from Baroque to stunningly contemporary adult on tracks such as "Devil's Postpile" and "Undulations". The band's frequent use of various time signatures adds an intensity of it's own to hauntingly beautiful tracks such as "Liquid 7th" and "Waterfalls".


As transcending as this disc is however, it would benefit the listener to have lyrical passages inserted into some of it's songs. This would help in differentiating certain tracks from others and aid in it's commercial sensibilities. With the virtuosity of these instrumentalists, I have a strong feeling their lyrical content would be as fluid as their musical.  The Deluge are definitely an act worth discovering on disc as well as live I would imagine, particular
ly for lovers of Baroque and World music. it is a disc I would definitely be listening to on a regular basis.


Troy Spiropolous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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