GAZPACHO

(NORWAY)

TICK TOCK

(2009)
LABEL:

AUTOPRODUCTION

GENRE:

ATMOSPHERIC ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Hovering, Hovering, Melancholic
""Tick Tock" is an experience that is recommend to all lovers of strong musical sensations, to all those who like to let their imagination wander according to the notes, atmospheres and lyrics."
TORPEDO (28.04.2009)  
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According to the chronicle of their previous effort, the music of this Norwegian band doesn't seem to be based on the same ingredient as its culinary homonym, namely soup. Before listening to this new opus, Gazpacho seems to impose some: a dithyrambic appreciation from the reviewer, the benevolence of a now well-known and recognized band (Marillion) and a conceptual story based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery's account of the crash of his plane in the desert.

The first contact is most surprising, especially for those expecting to find the atmospheric influences of "Night". No long developments hovering on the introductory track "Desert Flight" but an immediate and energetic rock strangely resembling what "Muse" can do. Both in terms of timbre and vocal lines, Jan Home singles Matt Bellamy with disconcerting ease. 

Let's reassure the fans of this band who, on reading the previous lines, Gazpacho's style comes back to something more conventional in the second track. "The Walk part I" takes up the recipes that made "Night" a success. The vocals become softer, more intimate like a Steve Hogarth, the tempo slows down and the band takes us from this track on an intoxicating journey that will last a little less than an hour.

It's without any complex that Gazpacho builds brick after brick, or rather measure after measure, its scenery by mixing rock and ambient, by merging occidental and oriental inspirations and by skillfully marrying the different instruments, guitar, keyboards, percussions in a constant concern of harmony or by knowing how to astonish (the huge and low choruses of "Tick Tock Part I").

The very serious asset of this band is to make each atmosphere palpable, through the music of course, through the vocals but also through the lyrics. "The Walk Part I" makes us feel the sand under our feet and the burning of the sun, "Tick Tock Part I" leads us into introspection and doubt, doubts that are intermittently raised in "Tick Tock Part II" thanks to liberating refrains but which will last until part III in which the accumulated tension will explode in a liberating sound whirlwind. And it is a "Winter is Never" that will end this journey in a paradoxically sad and poetic atmosphere.

"Tick Tock" is an experience that is recommend to all lovers of strong musical sensations, to all those who like to let their imagination wander according to the notes, atmospheres and lyrics that accompany them. Try the adventure, you won't be disappointed...
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Desert Flight (7:39)
02. The Walk (13:41)
03. Tick Tock (22:24)
04. Winter Is Never (4:55)

LINEUP:
Jan Henrik Ohme: Chant
Jon-arne Vilbo: Guitares
Kristian Olav Torp: Basse
Mikael Krømer: Violon et programmations
Robert Risberget Johansen: Batterie
Thomas Andersen: Claviers
   
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