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Mermaid Kiss: Etarlis

Want more proof that we have become a MySpace race? Look no further than the second full-length CD from Britain's Mermaid Kiss, which was inspired by a fantasy adventure written by vocalist Evelyn Downing and guitarist Jamie Field about the journey of two friends into the mysterious land of Etarlis. But as a means of promoting the new album, this quartet introduced protagonists Anna and Gerri as "friends" of the band on Mermaid Kiss' MySpace page.

To be honest, this classy band doesn't need that kind of virtual cross marketing. Although Etarlis is mellower and less memorable than 2006's Salt On Skin EP, it's still overflowing with alternately earthy and ethereal, melodic female-fronted progressive rock that echoes both Pink Floyd and Loreena McKennitt. Containing strings, woodwinds and enough light and shade to fill a pastoral British countryside, Etarlis bursts with superior sonics and gorgeous artwork. It is understated and elegant ...

Track Listing
1) Prelude
2) A Different Sky
3) Walking With Ghosts
4) Dark Cover
5) Nowhere to Hide
6) Siren Song
7) A Sea Change
8) Shadow Girl
9) Beat the Drum
10) Crayola Skies
11) The City of Clouds (Qway-Lin)

Added: September 20th 2007
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Mermaid Kiss Web Site
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Language: english

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