PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS

(UNITED STATES)

PREHENSILE TALES

(2020)
LABEL:

INSIDEOUT MUSIC

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Symphonic
"Diversified, catchy, complex, melodic, "Prehensile Tales" is an excellent album recommended to all rock fans."
DARIALYS (08.05.2020)  
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Pattern-Seeking Animals came out of nowhere less than a year ago... well, not really out of nowhere when you take a quick look at the line-up composed exclusively of members and former members of progressive rock band Spock's Beard. Without even listening to the eponymous album, we were already pretty sure that we would find quality content, and this hope is confirmed when listening to this new album.

Barely ten months after the release of their first record, the super-group is already back with a new opus, "Prehensile Tales". Looking at the set-list, one notices that the format has been somewhat modified: only 6 tracks compared to 10 on the first album. But if there's something that hasn't changed, it's the recipe used to write the tracks! As John Boegehold, producer, creator, composer and pianist of the band confided in an interview for Music Waves, the purpose of this band is to offer tracks that are both complex and immediate, both elaborate and heady, mixing pop and progressive influences.

In this register, 'Elegant Vampires', in an almost trip-hop atmosphere, lays the foundations of a very melodic and well conducted song from beginning to end. Even better, we can't fail to mention 'Why Don't We Run', surely the most immediate track of the album, with its hyper efficient chorus.

If the first album had a predominantly melodic side, even symphonic at times, this dimension is all the more deepened on "Prehensile Tales". There are notably trumpets on Spanish music ('Why Don't We Run'), flute ('Here In My Autumn'), violin ('Soon But Not Today') and other more or less usual instruments, which reinforce the musical richness of this album.

Finally, here we come to the end of this album with 'Lifeboat', a marvellous 17-minute track that is difficult to detail in depth. In spite of its consequent duration, all the parts follow one another perfectly and the musical hooks are very frequent, giving a real coherence to the work in its totality. The end of the title, more in emotion and restraint, is reminiscent of 'Hey You' by Pink Floyd. It's simple, but it's beautiful, and very well done there again. The last track, 'Soon But Not Today', is not to be outdone. With its 12 minutes, it also reveals some high level passages, including the exquisite violin introduction that sets the scene. The title is simply excellent throughout and the Beatles-like ending is really relevant.

In a register perhaps a little less immediate than the first eponymous album containing more short and punchy tracks, this album is a real success and will please all rock fans. Whether you like prog or not, you won't be able to deny the beauty and richness of this "Prehensile Tales".
- Official website
SIMILAR BANDS:
KAYAK, SPOCK'S BEARD

TRACK LISTING:
01. Raining Hard In Heaven
02. Here In My Autumn
03. Elegant Vampires
04. Why Don’t We Run
05. Lifeboat
06. Soon But Not Today

LINEUP:
Jimmy Keegan: Chant / Batterie
Dave Meros: Basse
John Boegehold: Claviers
Ted Leonard: Chant / Guitares
   
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