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Flood: Tales From The Four Seasons

Tales From The Four Seasons consists of four long tracks of the lighter, quite tranquil instrumental kind, going by the names of the four seasons being of course "Spring", "Summer", "Autumn" and "Winter".

Each of the seasons being a story that is told through the music, that peaceful music is played with various instruments including the flute, cello, clarinet, French horn, double bass, drums and piano. Tales From The Four Seasons was released by the artist and one man band called Flood; who has written, arranged, performed and produced an album of easy listening music. In an interview Flood cited the bands Genesis, Yes, The Who and Led Zeppelin as his influences.

Much of the music on Tales From the Four Seasons strays a bit from what I normally review here on this site, as well as what I listen to in my spare time, but in all honesty this is a pleasant listen, and I'm sure for those into calm, instrumental progressive rock this Unicorn Digital release will be a welcome addition to your collection.


Added: January 16th 2010
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
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Flood: Tales From The Four Seasons
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-01-16 17:17:35
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Flood is a U.K. musician and his debut album Tales From The Four Seasons has been released after three years in the making. This is a true solo album as Flood plays all the instruments himself. The list includes acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars, piano, organ, synthesizers, flute, clarinet, cellos, upright bass and drums.

This record takes its inspiration from the four seasons. Says Flood:

"Tales from the Four Seasons is an instrumental album and it tells the story of a year in the life of the English countryside. Each season is made up of small movements each with its own story to tell."

What initially started as a single piece entitled "Summer" has grown into a full length release over the course of a few years. The music of Flood is tender and serene combining elements of classical, folk and new age. The music washes over you like gentle waves on the sand and there are many pretty melodies found throughout the disc. If I were to compare the music of Flood to other artists, I would say Mike Oldfield (his softer side) and Anthony Phillips come to mind immediately. The soundscapes are built upon a variety of keys and mostly mellow acoustic guitar sounds. The use of cello adds a feeling of warmth to the musical themes.

Just to be clear, this is not music to get your adrenaline flowing and your fists pumping. However, if you are wanting a relaxing meditative listen just put on this album and let yourself be totally immersed for about seventy minutes. That should do the trick.

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