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“Visions From A Distant Past” review at Progressive Rock Central ***PROGGNOSIS REVIEW*** Reviewed by DBSilver on 11 Aug 2018 Reboot is a fusion album. Throughout the album and often-times within individual songs I hear music that contains suggestions of Mike Oldfield, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ian Anderderson (circa The Secret Languate of Birds), Gentle Giant and Taylor's Universe. To be sure, there is a lot of prog in this release but at most it is 40- 60 mix blend. To me - the most consistant kinship in this music is to the sound of of Return to Forever. While PRoPoRTIoNS consists of 4 fine musicians, on this ablum they do not deliver the kind of pryo-techniques one recalls form Olympic Gold Medalists DiMeola-Clarke-White-Corea. You should read this as a description not a critique. The compositions are strong, the musicianship is first rate, the recording/mixing is excellent and Reboot is a 2018 must have certain to receive multiple revisits if you are a fan of the referenced bands. The method of composition and recording is described as "any member of the band sends a rough demo to the others, and leave them free to add whatever they want. The basic structure has an originator, but the end result is a work between the four members". I think this makes Reboot a particularly notable achievement. PRoPoRTIoNS are certainly not the first band to have composed and recorded in this way and it has become an increasingly practical, cost effective and popular method of collaborating. But to date I have not heard a better example of this technique; where the final product sounds this cohesive. There are, of course, songs I like more or less than others on Reboot, Cardiac Rescue, Mocked Sin, Binary Star Dance, Five Finger, no Discount, and Reboot are all showcase songs which together cover the breadth of music on Reboot. Check it out at the band's Bandcamp site. This album is a solid member of my Best of Year but doesn't leap off the year in to a best of list over a spread of years (few debut releases do!) - but if this team continues to make music together they have the potential to delver a future release will rise to that level. ***Jerry Lucky REVIEW*** Eleven years ago when I reviewed some music created in part by Andy Kubicki I said – “Inspiration is a funny thing. You just never know where it comes from or what it might lead to.” Andy was involved with a group of musicians who made new music heavily inspired by their passionate love of the band Gentle Giant. Here we are a decade later and Kubicki, along with Lennart Stahle, Tomas Stark, Denis Boucher, ...are still making new music. Their latest release under the band name Proportions is entitled Reboot and it’s a wonderful collection of fourteen instrumental compositions that cover all kinds of proggy musical ground. As expected there are still hints of their original inspiration Gentle Giant in places, but lots of others as well such as Mike Oldfield. Most of these tunes are in three to four minute range but even within that limited time they are able to pack in lots of musicality. Each song is quite different from the other, some sound more angular, some very sweetly melodic, some hint at Celtic and others at a kind of Medieval feel. Others are more or less straight forward soft, fusion styled proggy goodness. This variety comes from the fact that Proportions members are based around the world and each member submits musical ideas to the others using the internet and then each song is added-upon to complete the end result. It’s a method of creating music that seems to work really well here based on the finished results. We get lots of different types of songs, lots of instrumental performance and lots of different moods and tones. It never gets boring because you never know where the next song is coming from and in that regard this is the kind of disc that can spend a lot of time in the player. It’s really good stuff and I really enjoyed it so I recommend you check’em out.
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***PROGGNOSIS REVIEW*** Reviewed by DBSilver on 11 Aug 2018 Reboot is a fusion album. Throughout the album and often- times within individual songs I hear music that contains suggestions of Mike Oldfield, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ian Anderderson (circa The Secret Languate of Birds), Gentle Giant and Taylor's Universe. To be sure, there is a lot of prog in this release but at most it is 40-60 mix blend. To me - the most consistant kinship in this music is to the sound of of Return to Forever. While PRoPoRTIoNS consists of 4 fine musicians, on this ablum they do not deliver the kind of pryo-techniques one recalls form Olympic Gold Medalists DiMeola-Clarke-White- Corea. You should read this as a description not a critique. The compositions are strong, the musicianship is first rate, the recording/mixing is excellent and Reboot is a 2018 must have certain to receive multiple revisits if you are a fan of the referenced bands. The method of composition and recording is described as "any member of the band sends a rough demo to the others, and leave them free to add whatever they want. The basic structure has an originator, but the end result is a work between the four members". I think this makes Reboot a particularly notable achievement. PRoPoRTIoNS are certainly not the first band to have composed and recorded in this way and it has become an increasingly practical, cost effective and popular method of collaborating. But to date I have not heard a better example of this technique; where the final product sounds this cohesive. There are, of course, songs I like more or less than others on Reboot, Cardiac Rescue, Mocked Sin, Binary Star Dance, Five Finger, no Discount, and Reboot are all showcase songs which together cover the breadth of music on Reboot. Check it out at the band's Bandcamp site. This album is a solid member of my Best of Year but doesn't leap off the year in to a best of list over a spread of years (few debut releases do!) - but if this team continues to make music together they have the potential to delver a future release will rise to that level. ***Jerry Lucky REVIEW*** Eleven years ago when I reviewed some music created in part by Andy Kubicki I said – “Inspiration is a funny thing. You just never know where it comes from or what it might lead to.” Andy was involved with a group of musicians who made new music heavily inspired by their passionate love of the band Gentle Giant. Here we are a decade later and Kubicki, along with Lennart Stahle, Tomas Stark, Denis Boucher, ...are still making new music. Their latest release under the band name Proportions is entitled Reboot and it’s a wonderful collection of fourteen instrumental compositions that cover all kinds of proggy musical ground. As expected there are still hints of their original inspiration Gentle Giant in places, but lots of others as well such as Mike Oldfield. Most of these tunes are in three to four minute range but even within that limited time they are able to pack in lots of musicality. Each song is quite different from the other, some sound more angular, some very sweetly melodic, some hint at Celtic and others at a kind of Medieval feel. Others are more or less straight forward soft, fusion styled proggy goodness. This variety comes from the fact that Proportions members are based around the world and each member submits musical ideas to the others using the internet and then each song is added-upon to complete the end result. It’s a method of creating music that seems to work really well here based on the finished results. We get lots of different types of songs, lots of instrumental performance and lots of different moods and tones. It never gets boring because you never know where the next song is coming from and in that regard this is the kind of disc that can spend a lot of time in the player. It’s really good stuff and I really enjoyed it so I recommend you check’em out.