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Tuesday the Sky: The Blurred Horizon

When legendary guitarist Jim Matheos of Fates Warning, OSI and Arch/Matheos fame, composed several songs that he felt didn’t fit into any of the aforementioned projects he decided to flesh them out in a solo setting under the moniker of Tuesday The Sky. In 2017 the first culmination of these efforts was released on the debut album Drift which drew on such influences as Brian Eno, Sigur Ros, Boards Of Canada and Explosions In The Sky among others. The Blurred Horizon is the sophomore installment into the repertoire and sees Jim embracing a mixture of ambient, electronica, post-rock and more. This is an almost completely instrumental album with only the last song “Everything Is Free” containing vocals.

Blurred Horizon is definitely a departure from Jim’s other projects. He continues drawing on the influences listed above as well as having moments which are reminiscent of Steven Wilson's more mellow prog statements on tracks like “Cwmwl” and “Later, Then Now” or even Opeth’s “Damnation” vibe on “Near Light''. Musically, the album is filled with layered clean guitars with plenty of delay and reverb, as well as other dreamstate inducing sounds and effects. Several of the songs have drums provided by Jim’s self-confessed favorite drummer Gavin Harrison of Pineapple Thief, King Crimson and Porcupine tree renown. The vocals on the album's only cover song, and only song with vocals “Everything Is Free” are handled by Tim Bowness. Both the drumming and the vocals, when added, don't pull The Blurred Horizon away from its mellow dream-like beauty. The one exception is the decidedly more active “Hypneurotic” with it’s larger sounding modern prog-rock intensity and drive that is both a standout track and an anomaly on The Blurred Horizon. The song breaks up the hypnotic flow of the album and for some that might be a good thing but personally I found the placement of the song a bit disruptive to the general feel.

Overall The Blurred Horizon is an enjoyable, meditative, dreamy exploration. At times feeling somewhat directionless and meandering, but in a way that just adds to the hypnotic and relaxing nature of the music. This is the kind of album that is perfect to listen to on a lazy rainy day while reading a book. Is it going to blow people's minds? Probably not, and it’s not breaking any new ground, but it’s all very well performed and has the stamp of Jim’s skill and professionalism all over it. The Blurred Horizon is a soothing, mellow and beautiful experience.

Line Up:
Jim Matheos - Guitars
Gavin Harrison - Drums
Tim Bowness - Vocals

1. Half Remembered
2. Near Light
3. Cwmwl
4. Where The Enemy Sleeps
5. Laudanum Dream
6. Hypneurotic
7.Later, Then Now
8. Near Dark
9. Half Forgotten
10. The Blurred Horizon
11. Everything Is Free

Added: September 25th 2021
Reviewer: Benjamin Dudai
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 439
Language: english

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