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01. Fanfare 04:41
02. The Ride 05:07
03. Noodlepoint 03:51
04. Catwalk 07:40
05. No Surprises 03:36
06. Re:Bootsy 03:28
07. Chapter 7.1 03:35
08. Tales Of Young Whales 05:53
09. Golden Feast 06:45

Line-Up:
Stanley Whitaker - Vocals, Guitars
Dave DeMarco - Bass
Frank Wyatt - Keyboards, Saxophones
Bill Plummer - Keyboards, Moog Synthesizers
Chris Mack – Drums

 

Oblivion Sun is the new Project founded by Stan Whitaker and Frank Wyatt (2/3 of the creative brains of Happy the Man), who already had worked as a duo for their "Pedal Giant Animals" album. I mention this album because it contains a lot of compositions that were left aside during the "Muse Awakens" post-production phase (the brief Happy the Man comeback period), and the same happens with a couple of tracks from this Oblivion Sun namesake debut release: they were written during the very fruitful "Muse Awakens" era but didn't find a space in the final repertoire. With the experience of "Pedal Giant Animals", the opportunity was there to form a new full band in order to continue to explore this musical vision, in fact incorporating material written by all other three members. One way or another, it was reasonable to suspect that the resulting album would be solid and energetic. And so it came to be that the suspicions were utterly confirmed - the "Oblivion Sun" tracklist exhibits a high degree of intensity and melodic richness, heavily marked by the Happy the Man heritage. No doubt that Watkins is a major influence in Bill Plummer's playing and writing, as he was for David Rosenthal in "The Muse Awakens"; you can also notice a strong "Crafty Hands"-vibe in the repertoire's predominant spirit. The majesty and drive of the opener 'Fanfare' shout these two notions out loud, and so does the delicately complex dynamics of 'Noodlepoint': these two pieces are cornerstones for the listener's frame of mind. Sandwiched between the two is 'The Ride', a hard rocking song in which Whitaker makes his guitar riffs conform the nucleus for development of the main motif: this track sounds like a halfway stance between 79-80 Kansas and Spock's Beard. Warning: don't mistake the synth lead that starts at 1:50 for a guitar (magnificent job, Bill!!). 'Catwalk' bears a very lyrical atmosphere, including a beautiful Baroque-inspired little interlude that creates a relaxing beauty of sound (HTM-patented). 'No Surprises' is a slightly heavy-oriented piece that conveys a certain density (on a very subtle level), with the segued follower 'Re: Bootsy' shifting things into the realms of funk-inflicted jazz. The alternation of guitar and synthesizer solos in the latter states one of the most incendiary passages in the album, despite not being as heavy as the preceding track. 'Chapter 7.1' is yet another example of how to revitalize the HTM heritage with a higher degree of sonic power: the fivesome manage to keep things under control though all the display of muscle and feeling, which only comes to reveal how amazingly solid this ensemble is. Things remain the same (exciting, moving, cleverly ordained) for 'Tales of Young Whales', whose combination of ethereal melodic bases and punchy instrumental assemblies works beautifully. 'Golden Feast' occupies the album's final 6 ¾ minutes, at times sounding as some sort of tribute to 'New York's Dream Suite' (the fantastic closure to HTM's 1977 album), but with a more pronounced jazzy edge and a more robust global sound. Oblivion Sun is definitely a testimony of how age doesn't have to affect creative genius at all or sabotage any further development of musical power: this gathering of veterans creates a kind of refreshing (prog) music that would make lots of contemporary musicians terribly envious. ---Cesar Inka, progarchives.com

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Oblivion Sun ‎– The High Places (2012) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/4685-oblivion-sun/24207-oblivion-sun--the-high-places-2012.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/4685-oblivion-sun/24207-oblivion-sun--the-high-places-2012.html Oblivion Sun ‎– The High Places (2012)

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1 	Deckard 	
2 	March Of The Mushroom Men 	
3 	Everything 	
4 	Dead Sea Squirrels 	
5 	My Eyes 	
6 	Awakening 	
7 	Flowers 	
8 	The Rules 	
9 	The Cage 	
10 	Our Eyes

- Stanley Whitaker - vocals, guitars
- Frank Wyatt - keyboards, saxophones
- David Hughes - bass guitar
- Bill B. Brasso - drums

 

Oblivion Sun hail from Maryland, USA and rose from the ashes of Happy The Man (HTM). Founding members Frank Wyatt (keyboards, sax) and Stanley Whitaker (guitars, vocals) started this band in 2006 together with Bill Plummer (keyboards), Dave DeMarco (bass guitar) and Chris Mack (drums). Their eponymous debut album has been released in 2007. Now five years later they finally recorded a successor.

On The High Places their second keyboardist Bill Plummer has left the band. As a result you might expect that the music on this album sounds differently, or in any case more guitar-orientated than their first CD. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't; it depends on how you listen to the guitar and keyboard parts throughout the album, but I guess that's a minor aspect as long as the songs are worth listening. And they surely are! The style of HTM can still be heard in the band's compositions, but that seems logical to me. In the opening piece Deckard these influences are evident. This instrumental composition could have been taken from any of their albums. The drum patterns, the piano parts and the guitar riffs clearly tend towards the music of HTM.

On March Of The Mushroom Men, the second instrumental, the band shows to be capable of playing another type of music as well. This time the music refers to albums recorded by bands like Focus and Camel, mainly due to Whitaker's melodic guitar parts. Sometimes his playing reminds me of Jan Akkerman's or Andy Latimer's playing. Whitaker proves to be a fine singer as well in Everything. This short ballad already appeared on the eponymous album recorded by another Whitaker-Wyatt project namely Pedal Giant Animals (2006). This rather short composition sounds like a track of Primary Elements (2012, see review) from his other band Six Elements that contains musical elements from early Genesis and Cat Stevens. Next track Dead Sea Squirrels is the third instrumental piece on which the guitars sound rather heavy and a bit in the vein of the riff in Crazy Horses (The Osmonds). Fortunately the keyboards assure that this song holds enough prog rock sounds to keep you focussed till the end.

The album ends with the title track. Having a playing time of 22 minutes it's not only the longest track, but also the best one. It's an adaptation of the old HTM piece Merlin Of The High Places from the Death's Crown (1999) album. On this epic piece, which is divided into six chapters, they sound like a mixture of HTM and Genesis at the time of A Trick Of The Tail (1975). It's mainly Whitaker's voice and Wyatt's playing on the acoustic piano, sounding like Phil Collins and Tony Banks respectively, which are responsible for this comparison. This piece also contains the best keyboard playing of the album; the synthesizer solo on the second chapter Awakening is just awesome! It makes you forget ex-HTM keyboardist Kit Watkins. After listening to this epic track I felt in a good mood and I realized that these musicians are still able to write superb compositions.

Of course Oblivion Sun aren't HTM and The High Places isn't an album like Crafty Hands (1978), but that doesn't mean that the music of Oblivion Sun is less enjoyable. On the contrary! I'm inclined to say that people who cherished the music of HTM are obliged to listen to the music of Oblivion Sun! I'm certain that you won't regret it; neither did I. The High Places contains music of a very high standard similar to the music of HTM! ---Henri Strik, backgroundmagazine.nl

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