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Marsh, Rhys: October After All

London born Rhys Marsh is a multi-instrumentalist who now lives in Norway. The Nordic landscape has greatly influenced his music over the course of seven albums (with The Autumn Ghost, Kaukasus and solo), his latest titled October After All released this year. His first solo effort Sentiment was released in 2008 and was a fine effort of darkly tinged melodic prog. October After All is his third solo effort.

October After All is a mellow album, very lush with the occasional intense moment, mostly due to Marsh’s wonderful use of an abundance of keyboards and synthesizers. The synth washes, including Mellotron will transport you to another place and time if you open yourself to these ten tracks. Marsh also has a warm, melodic voice, with a slight accent and very much suited to his melancholic soundscapes.

“River” comes out of the gate with a rousing mid-tempo beat and continuing with excellent vocals and tasty guitar and keyboards. This is lush pop music with an artful twist. The deep bass keyboard notes and choir vocals highlight “Long Way Back” along with some wonderful saxophone solo spots courtesy of Kåre. Marsh holds the music back to make room for some superb sax moments. I have always loved sax in my rock, pop and prog and this does it for me big time. With “Golden Lullabies” the mix of programmed and real drums works rather nicely and the keyboard drenched soundscape is warm and lush. More melodic sax fills in this one as well. Each composition has something to say in what is a truly beautiful album. Marsh has written ten song based compositions, exuding an enchanting blend of art rock, pop and prog. October After All comes highly recommended.

Track Listing:
1. River (3:51)
2. Long Way Back (3:38)
3. Golden Lullabies (5:28)
4. Ride The New Wave (5:06)
5. The Butterflies (4:23)
6. Let It Be Known! (3:21)
7. One Hundred Memories (3:59)
8. The Summer Days (4:47)
9. ‘22’ (3:33)
10. (It Will Be) October After All (7:01)

Added: May 26th 2019
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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