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Tuesday the Sky: Drift

Drift is the debut album from Tuesday the Sky, which is basically a solo project from Fates Warning/OSI guitarist/composer Jim Matheos. As this new release 'drifts' into mostly ambient waters, Matheos clearly wanted to separate it from what would otherwise be a 'Jim Matheos' solo album, and he's brought on board with him the impressive God is an Astronaut drummer Lloyd Hanney, OSI/ex-Dream Theater keyboard player Kevin Moore, and Anna-Lynne Williams, who provides ethereal vocalizations on a few tracks. As you can imagine, Drift is pretty laid back fare, most of the tracks floating and meandering along, Matheos' array of guitar tones supported by gentle percussive textures from Hanney, most impressive on "It Comes in Waves" where the Fates Warning founder really gets to drop in some muscle amid the alluring colors. "Dyatlov Pass" also features some brooding menace that eventually morphs into heavy riffing & pounding drums, while "Far and Away" contains the albums most uplifting arrangement thanks to some fantastic guitar layers. Trippy effects permeate the psychedelic "The Rowing Endeth", and Williams' angelic crooning complement the lush "Vortex Street" quite nicely.

If you are expecting a wealth of Matheos' normal prog-metal styled riffing, you might want to stick with Fates Warning, but there are some hints of it here, along with some really nice, restrained tonal colors & textures that really show his vast array of skills. Some of the tracks are rather bare and perhaps a bit too minimalistic, but overall this is an intriguing & enjoyable collection of songs that shows another side to the always impressive Jim Matheos.

Track Listing
01. Today The Sky (04:15)
02. Kite (05:10)
03. Vortex Street (04:46)
04. It Comes In Waves (04:30)
05. Dyatlov Pass (07:29)
06. Far And Away (04:19)
07. Westerlies (05:27)
08. Roger, Gordo (04:06)
09. The Rowing Endeth (04:31)
10. Drift (04:09)

Added: August 7th 2017
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 1957
Language: english

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Tuesday the Sky: Drift
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2017-08-07 11:17:41
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Jim Matheos is an outstanding guitarist. His days with Fates Warning date all the way back to 1984 and their first album Night on Bröcken. He has also appeared as a guest on many artist's work as well as forming the project OSI with former Dream Theater keyboardist Kevin Moore.

Earlier this year Fates Warning released one of its strongest releases to date titled Theories of Flight. It would seem the band could do no wrong, melding their catchy progressive metal riffs in a melodic and innovative way. Matheos was ready for something a little different that wouldn't fit the Fates Warning mold, hence forming the project Tuesday the Sky and their debut album titled Drift.

The personnel are:
Jim Matheos (guitars and bass)
Lloyd Hanney (drums)
Anna-Lynne Williams (vocals on "Vortex Street" and "Westerlies")
Kevin Moore (keyboards on "It Comes in Waves" and "Drift")

Actually, Tuesday the Sky is a lot different than the guitarist's main band. It can almost be compared to the Riverside disc Eye of the Soundscape as the music has an ambient post-rock feel and is much mellower than anything from Fates Warning. I think it's a great move. If I want to hear Fates Warning I know where to go. With the new band the sound is more ethereal and enchanting, with only the occasional nod to metal. Of course, Fates Warning has delved into these soundscapes before but never to such an extent as this. I suppose the disc's serene atmospheres may put some people off but with an open mind this music has the ability to sooth the soul.

The album's first track "Today the Sky" begins with a distorted yet melodic guitar motif before turning into cleaner sounds. It's a very gentle and pleasing sound with a beautiful flow that will slowly caress the mind. "Kite" is a little more post-rock with cool echo effects and distorted guitar layers building in an ever so gradual fashion. "Vortex Street" is the first time we hear the wonderful wordless vocals of Anna-Lynne Williams melding nicely with Matheos' chiming guitar notes. On "It Comes in Waves" Matheos' melodic guitar work is backed by Kevin Moore's subtle keyboard washes.

One of the moodiest pieces is "Dyatlov Pass" beginning with cricket noises and thunder before a riveting guitar solo unfolds over a spacey/ambient soundscape. The drums and guitar develop some heaviness venturing into metallic climes.

The addictive "Far and Away" is another gorgeous track with perhaps the best earworm on the disc.

For a refreshing change of pace, Tuesday the Sky will be like a breath of fresh air for those who aren't expecting Theories in Flight part two. Another highly recommended release courtesy of InsideOut Music.

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