Beberapa saat yang lalu saat mengulas sediti tentang Crossover Prog, saya sempat menyinggung Frequency Drift. Ternyata memang nyamlenk tenan musiknya. Dijamin melayang menikmati band yang menamakan dirinya cinematic prog – opo maneh iki? Prog Bioskop? Embuh .. Tapi nikmat tenan!
Studio Album, released in 2011
Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Crows (2:02)
2. Dreams (11:53)
3. Sadness (4:10)
4. Tempest (10:02)
5. Ringshine (2:56)
6. Dance No More (9:57)
7. Mermaid (9:44)
8. Come (7:54)
Total time 58:38
Line-up / Musicians
- Antje Auer / vocals, violin
- Sebastian Koch / guitars
- Christian Hack / guitars, flute
- J?rgen Rennecke / bass, stick
- Andreas Hack / keyboards
- Martin Fox / drums
- Wolfgang Ostermann / drums
- Frank Schmitz / violin
- Rainer Hartmann / guitars
- Nerissa Schwarz / electroharp
Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
As we all know that many prog albums that refer themselves to book as their landscape to develop the storyline of the concept album. But then I find Frequency Drift positions themselves as cinematic prog band from Germany. I am not quite sure I understand this kind of prog subgenre, but looking at the CD artwork that has many graphic art and no photos of the band members it then confirms my understanding that this band use movies as their musical landscape. I am not a movie lover but I enjoy this album without any reference to any kind of movie.
The album starts atmospherically good with an opener Crows (2:02) that beautifully serves the coming of the next track Dreams (11:53). Oh man, I love this second track as it flows naturally from the opener and brings me peacefully through a series of different music moods from intro into end of the music. There is component of Pink Floyd with great insertion of violin to augment excellent vocal line. The guitar work is also stunning. I think the most enjoyment of this second track is its flow which is really great combining changes of mood, demonstrating great vocal, violin, flute work as well as guitar solo. It’s really a track with memorable melody enriched with excellent musical passages. It’s hard for you for not loving this second track, really! The violin work man …….it’s killing me! Especially with its follow-up of guitar solo! Try this one and I guarantee you will love it! Sadness (4:10) starts something Pink Floyd really – but of course with different energy. Again, I love the flow really! From the track starts I feel blown away throughout the song as the composition offers excellent articulation of every musical segment through excellent female voice backed with guitar and long sustain synthesizer at background. The next track Tempest (10:02) starts atmospheric using keyboard effects followed with nice piano fills. The music moves slowly followed with very nice guitar solo. Yes, you might refer to Pink Floyd even though it’s different. Again I enjoy every bit of musical segment while listening to this album. It creates great listening atmosphere if you play it loud while sipping a cup of coffee! Oh man ……what a life! It’s terrific!!!
Ringshine (2:56) serves like a short break through a musical silence exploring some musical instruments without drums. It plays its role nicely to bring the music into next long track Dance No More (9:57) which is another interesting track. If you love something psychedelic, you will find this song is great. It has great flow, excellent composition especially with its ability to bring wonderful listening experience through different kinds of moods. Again, I love the combination of excellent vocal and guitar – keyboard combined effort. I love the stunning guitar work! The rest two tracks Mermaid (9:44) and Come (7:54) are all excellent and I enjoy the violin work combined with piano fills at background. The concluding track Come really kills me through its flow and instrument solos at the end part of the song. Excellent!
Overall, I would rate this album as four stars PLUS because it has excellent composition and very good performance of the players. The dominant factor is the flow that is really great! You must have this album. Keep on proggin’ …!
Peace on earth and mercy mild – GW