Cosgrove, David: Space Toucan – A Neotropical Dream
This is a magical keyboard, percussion and effects journey created by David Cosgrove; and including the assistance of Mike Cohen, Roger Arnold, Mitch Banks, Ray Romanos, Chris Huit, Mark Palazzo, and Chris Germain.
It opens with "Corridors" which sounds like it was severely influenced by the British prog band IQ. In fact IQ wrote a song "Through the Corridors", which is full of similar light synths and keyboards, playfully dancing along with the lyrics. The almost mono sounding recoding effects lends itself well to the comparison, as the album "Through the Corridors" comes from, "Tales from the Lush Attic", has a similar recording quality throughout.
"Bienvenue a Los Angeles" is an instrumental continuation of this cool synth/keyboard sound. "No Opinions" further expands on this path, along with some early Todd Rundgren – like vocals. It's as if Rundgren and IQ decided to do an album together.
"Space Toucan" propels the sound into a different direction. Oh yah, the lightly played keys and synths are still there, but to a different beat. Drums and some cool electric and acoustic guitar broaden the sound well.
"Staggering Ted" finally takes us on a different path with excellently played acoustic guitar and soft drums. Witty lyrics and interesting sounds fill the air as the caravan of sound moves along.
"Metro Morning" and "Junglescape" are full of excellent percussion and drumming.
"I Kissed the Ground Today" and all of the rest of the tracks that fill the album are full of excellent percussion and those steady keys.
This is an album of surprises and wonder. You will be entertained throughout.
2. Bienvenue a Los Angeles
3. No Opinions
4. Space Toucan
5. Staggering Ted
6. Metro Morning
8. I Kissed the Ground Today
9. Conozca a Los Leafjumpers
10. Burning Leaves
12. Eddie the Hat
13. On the Big Island
14. Ego Boy
16. Soaring Part II
Added: November 14th 2012
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
Related Link: davidcosgrove-music.com
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