ARTIST:

CALIGONAUT

(NORWAY)
TITLE:

MAGNIFIED AS GIANTS

(2021)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Melancholic
"Delicate and melancholic, "Magnified As Giants" of Caligonaut plunges us in the best of a seventies progressive rock."
CORTO1809 (06.09.2021)  
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Playing and touring with bands such as Airbag, Oak or Bjorn Riis Band for ten years inevitably makes you want to start making your own album one day. It is undoubtedly what Ole Michael Bjørndal, the soul of Caligonaut, said to himself, releasing at the beginning of 2021 a record with a very nice graphic cover entitled "Magnified As Giants".

For this, Bjørndal is accompanied by almost all the musicians of Wobbler reinforced by some defectors of Oak, Airbag and Pymlico. It must be said that Norway is full of quality progressive bands. But the quality of the players is not always enough to make good albums.

What about "Magnified As Giants"? Let the Norwegian progressive rock and classic progressive rock lover in general be reassured, this record has everything to satisfy him. The tracks, long (three out of four exceed ten minutes), take the time to develop the different themes, all equally harmonious and following each other in transitions of an admirable fluidity. The listener bathes in an ocean of melancholic, pastoral and bucolic softness, very impregnated with 70's prog. If the acoustic character is quite prominent, it does not prevent Ole Michael Bjørndal from regularly playing nice electric guitar solos, as light and airy as his acoustic guitar arpeggios or the numerous interventions of the different keyboards, from the piano to the church organ, without forgetting the Hammond organ for the seventies patina. The vocals, very present even if it leaves place to beautiful instrumental tracks, is certainly what will make the least unanimous. Imbued like the whole album with a great melancholy, fragile and relatively detached (one can think of Richard Sinclair ('Emperor')), it suits perfectly the musical style approached here but its particular character can discourage some.

Delicacy is the key word by which we can summarize "Magnified As Giants". Fans of Genesis or albums like "The Geese and the Ghost" by Anthony Phillips or "The Snow Goose" by Camel, do not miss this excellent album. Come and breathe progressive rock from the seventies.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Emperor (14:35)
02. Hushed (10:43)
03. Magnified as Giants (05:46)
04. Lighter Than Air (19:34)

LINEUP:
Ole Michael Bjørndal: Chant / Guitares
Andreas W. S. Prestmo: Invité / Choeurs
Arild Brøter: Invité / Batterie (2,4)
Åsa Ree: Invité / Violon (1,2), Choeurs (1,2)
Henrik Fossum: Invité / Batterie (1)
Iver Kleive: Invité / Grandes Orgues (2)
Kristian Karl Hultgren: Basse / Invité
Lars Fredrik Frøislie: Claviers / Invité / Mellotron, Piano
Stephan Hvinden: Invité / Guitare Rythmique (2)
   
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CALGEPO
06/09/2021
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Très belle découverte que cet album à la patine très singulière. En effet, la touche Camel est bien présente mais pas seulement, comme l'indique à juste titre la belle chronique de Corto, que je rejoins notamment sur la fluidité qui rend l'écoute très agréable.
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