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Shining Pyramid: Children of the Stones

Here is another band that was completely unknown to me. Shining Pyramid is a London based duo consisting of Nick Adams (guitars) and Peter Jeal (synths, keys). They released their self-titled debut in 2016 and have since followed it up with Children of the Stones, released in the summer of 2019.

The music here is an amalgamation of progressive and electronic, with influences ranging from Tangerine Dream to Camel to Pink Floyd. The disc begins with “Hie Thee Sungates”, a gentle and dreamy soundscape of lush keyboards and synthesizers. It’s a slow moving affair, maybe even a bit Floydy in places. Around the halfway mark the pulsating keyboards takes the music in a slightly different direction while never losing sight of the melody. The title track effortlessly drifts on a bed of tasty keyboards and textured guitar chords while a plethora of keyboard sounds gives “Horses” a very lush sound, that is until the heavier guitar chords makes for a dramatic change. The razor like riffs and pulsating electronics along with some trippy guitar exploits gives the piece just the right amount of edginess. “Machinery of Myth” has a keyboard drenched sound reminding me of something Tangerine Dream might have done while “Sun Loose In The Sky” is a mixture of heavier guitar riffs and electronica. With “Raise the Stars” the sound is more moody and ominous and is quite heavy in terms of atmosphere.

Shining Pyramid have come out with a fine electronic prog album with Children of the Stones. Fans of ‘70s progressive rock should find much to enjoy. Recommended.

Track Listing:
1. Hie Thee Sungates (9:43)
2. Children of the Stones (4:23)
3. Horses (9:48)
4. Machinery of Myth (4:07)
5. Sun Loose in the Sky (3:01)
6. Raise the Stars (8:29)
7. Meadows Starred with Flowers (5:48)

Added: February 13th 2020
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
Hits: 99
Language: english

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