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The long awaited twenty seven(27 birds) song, prog rock double CD from balcony. Almost a decade in the making “sparrows and hawks” is a “concept record” an homage to the 1970s heyday of progressive overbearing art/rock/music.
The British band Balcony’s long awaited “sparrows and hawks” is a double CD which contains twenty seven thematic songs forming a “concept record” in the tradition of all the great long winged 1970s records you hide from your punk friends; Yes, Caravan,The Moody Blues,Genesis, Pink Floyd, etc. Also mingled with some “glam rock” concepts such as the David Bowie albums “Ziggy Stardust” and Diamond Dogs” Writer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer Steven Lester describes the record concept as being “conceptual” Replete with Jeremy Irons, Mike Pinder Orwellian sonic poetry voice overs, trippy segues, 70s synth effects and song that is a dead ringer homage to 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love” Sparrows and Hawks delivers in spades the the look, feel, sound and haze of 1970s progressive/glam rock music.
Featuring the song “Jobriath” (which you can download free somewhere!) also “in the meantime” “somethings wrong” “glittering sacrifice” and other Scott Walker/Bowie/Ronson/Kurt Wiel/Brel/Kate Bush inspired tunes.
balcony’s second CD featuring “jobriath’ “living in the meantime” “candy factory” 11 songs total balcony sounds like “Sinatra embracing new wave” all music guide
The classically based “piano for Europe” is Steve Aungle’s instrumental masterpiece. Piano/keyboard wizard behind “The Associates” Billy Mackenzie albums such as “beyond the sun” and “eurocentric” Steve delivers an emotional and technical display of classical inspired music in the face of overblown electronic meltdown.
The keyboard mastermind behind electronica records such as “eurocentric” Steve Aungle turns to the acoustic based piano forte for a technical and emotional classical thrash instrumental record. With shadows of just some of the stylings he worked on the Billy Mackenzie “beyond the Sun” Steve shows his brilliance and economy at his keyboard of choice.
From the midlands UK comes singer songwriter Seacon, adorned in pastoral depression courtesy of Nick Drake, David Sylvian, Raymond Froggatt influences. This acoustic based record has a folk-jazz vibe with flourishes of The Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt, Henry Cow type progressions.