Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Pymlico - Supermassive (2022)

The seventh album from this band from Norway.

The band is now a seven piece big band with a lineup of drums, percussion, bass, guitars, saxophone and keyboards.

Some guest musicians, including Roine Stolt from The Flower Kings, added their woodwinds, guitars and organ.

I have followed the two Brøter brothers and their band Pymlico with interest during their six first albums. 

The band started out as an instrumental symphonic prog band. Camel was a good reference.

Supermassive sees the band going down a more fusion, jazzy movie soundtrack type of instrumental music.

The saxophone is everywhere and there is also other brass as in trombone and trumpet here. There is also a lot of guitars and keyboards.

The music is elegant and nice. A bit too nice and a bit anonymous throughout. 

The quality is somewhere between decent and good. The band now urgently need some better tunes for the next album or two to reverse their latest trend towards becoming a supplier of supermarket muzak.

2.5 points

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