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viernes, 30 de octubre de 2015

Timothy Pure - The Fabric of Betrayal (1995)

Artista: Timothy Pure
Álbum: The Fabric of Betrayal
Año: 1995
Género: Crossover Prog
Duración: 51:06
Nacionalidad: EUA

Lista de Temas:
1. The Aberration
2. Scotty's Castle

3. Legoland
4. Dissolve
5. Slide
6. Channels
7. Private Hedge
8. Privileges
9. Festival

- Randy Brown / Guitarras
- Chet Jameson / Batería y percusiones

- André Neitzel / Bajo
- Nick Savage / Voz principal
- Matthew Still / Teclados, voz

Aunque este disco de Timothy Pure (el primero de cuatro) seguramente no es el que esperaba Lancelot cuando lo pidió en el chat cabezón, es el que tengo y aprovecho la oportunidad para contarles cómo llegó a mi disco duro. Hace unos meses, cuando estábamos subiendo y resubiendo materiales de los cubanos Síntesis, apareció en el chat y en el correo de Moe una serie de mensajes de un cuate que agradecía lo de Síntesis, pedía más y luego soltaba una lista interminable de producciones y no sabíamos si nos las estaba pidiendo o nos las estaba ofreciendo. Moe me pidió que le respondiera por correo y a partir de ahí no he dejado de escribirme cada semana con el gran cabezón Marek de Polonia. Y digo que es un gran cabezón porque no se imaginan la cantidad de discos en lossless (normalmente wav aunque yo los paso a flac para ahorrar tantito espacio) que Marek ha tenido la amabilidad de enviarme, entre ellos este de Timothy Pure. Ya hace un par de semanas que le pedí a Marek su autorización para subir y postear algunos de los discos que me ha regalado y él aceptó amablemente, así que aquí comenzamos con el primer aporte de Marek, el gran cabezón polaco.

Timothy Pure es una banda de neoprogresivo estadounidense, más precisamente de la sureña Georgia, al parecer inactiva en la actualidad, que lanzó cuatro producciones independientes entre 1995 y 2005. Decía al principio que probablemente este The Fabric of Betrayal (algo así como "El tejido de la traición") no es el disco que Lancelot esperaba porque es la primera producción de la banda y en las pocas reseñas disponibles en línea sobre ellos, es la gran olvidada. Recibieron mayor reconocimiento sus álbumes conceptuales posteriores que aún no conozco, fuera de algunas rolas que he escuchado en internet (
en el Myspace de la banda se pueden escuchar algunos temas de sus otros discos). El mismo André Neitzel dice en una entrevista (que pongo más abajo) que este disco es más como un sampler, un trabajo temprano que no representa lo que la banda ha logrado más adelante. Si es así, espero que podamos conseguir sus otros discos (le voy a preguntar a Marek).

En este disco tenemos temas claramente crossover, en algunos momentos prog/pop, pero con una interesante intención de atmósfera y llenado del espacio sonoro con un uso armónico bastante creativo que deja ver una influencia fuerte del Pink Floyd de The Division Bell en adelante. En el manejo de la voz hay reminiscencias neoprog muy a la Marillion post Fish y destacan también sus trabajos líricos, que alcanzan temas de profundidad con tratamientos inteligentes que recuerdan a sus paisanos georgianos de REM, especialmente en la rola abridora, "The Aberration", sobre la actitud carroñera, perversamente oportunista que a veces tiene el ser humano.

Así que aquí está el primer álbum de una banda estadounidense poco conocida, Timothy Pure, al que accedemos gracias al buen amigo Marek que nos lo envía desde la lejana Polonia, especialmente dedicado a Lancelot que lo mencionó en el chat.

La bio de la banda en ProgArchives:
American progressive rock band from Georgia has made 3 albums so far, two of them are concept albums. With a lush songwriting approach and a conceptual and highly symbolic perspective on lyrics, the band excels in building up structures of emotional richness that allow for an uninterrupted storyline immersed in drama and sharp social analysis. Their music is a mixture of sweet atmospheres and fine prog passages. Certainly influenced by PINK FLOYD, they manage to produce a typical dark and melodic sound with very strong lyrics.

"Blood Of The Berry" is a concept album that tells a story of love and sacrifice. The music features light and dark musical tones and flows which is what makes this American band so good. The last album "The Island Of The Misfit Toys" (2000) is something more than a prog album: music and words seem to tell us a story you never would be over. This album describes the problems and nightmares children and adolescents deal with nowadays (mainly because of war or child abuse). Matthew Still has a beautiful and emotional voice, the instruments are played in a very subtle way and the production is high standard. Fans of bombastic or overly complex music would be advised to look elsewhere. This is very emotional music which should appeal to fans of concept albums. A must!
(Claude Bpl)

Una entrevista con André Neitzel por Luca Alberici:
Timothy Pure is absolutely my favourite progressive band from USA at the moment. Their music is a  mixture of sweet atmospheres and fine prog passages. The last album "The Island Of The Misfit Toys" (2000) is something more than a prog album: music and words seem to tell us a story you never would be over. The following is a brief e-mail interview to TP's bassist and lyricist Andre' Neitzel:

Hello Andrè. First of all, how can you describe Timothy Pure's music ?
I think of the music in terms of creating moods..tension, release, rising and falling.

I think your last album "I.O.M.T." is really exciting. Can you tell me the way your compositions take shape?

Sometimes I have lyrics and if I have no musical ideas I give them to Matt. Most of the time he is able to write music that works with the words.  I also will give Zod lyrics, so the music has each person's influence. This happens 50% of the time.. The other 50% Matt gives me a melody to listen to and I write around the music or re-write older lyrics that I have not used.  So I make them fit into the new creative.

I read on your official site you're arranging the new album going to be released very soon. I think you found your own trademark sound with "Blood Of The Berry" and you improved it with "The Island Of The Misfit Toys": will the next one go on the same way or not ?
At the moment, we have about 8 songs written.  It will be yet another concept album.  So, there will be a familiar sound and since I write the words, the flavour will remain from the same twisted mind;-)..but no I don't want to repeat the last 2 CDs.  I really thought of not writing another concept album, but I had a story that I wanted to tell.  We also have material for a CD beyond this next one..which I promise will not be a concept;-) But back to the new CD..There will be surprises in it.  More varied instrumentation.  Actually I think the words/lyrics will be more simple, but don't worry no clichés.  Some of the titles from the next CD are "Bones of Ghosts", Sometimes You Hear the Bullet", "Bliss", "A Desert Prayer", "Meltdown" and "Trembling Hill"..

Let's talk about your debut album. I've never had the chance to listen to it: sooner or later will it be reprinted ?
No, it won't be reprinted..unless we sell a million records and the demand is so great..;-)..It was a different band and different time.  More of a sampler.  We re-recorded some of the songs from that CD on the last 2 CDs. Think about some of your early school work or if you are a writer, some of your earliest works..perhaps you prefer to keep them in a box somewhere! That's how we feel

Which are your progressive favourite artists ? And bass players ?
Probably Peter Gabriel, brilliant lyricist.  I don't really have favorite bassists.  There are many great ones.  I do like the idea of the bass
being more than bottom end..using it to create melodies

I know you toured across Europe last April/May (Holland and Germany). Was it the first time for you in Europe? What about the european fans feedback?
Well it's been very good..This is why we focus on the European fans.  They are very supportive.  They are passionate.

What about cd sales statistics ? Are you satisfied ? Which country did you sell more copies till now ?
The most CDs are sold in The Netherlands and Germany.  We unfortunately haven't had distribution in Italy.  We hope Sysyphus (who we signed a licensing deal with) can help with that. We've sold about 10000 of "Island.."

Is it harder for a progressive band to catch a wide audience in the USA?
Yes.  It's not cool/hip enough..which may be a problem worldwide..it reaches the 40 men very well!;-)..but not so much for the younger listeners.. But I think it's also the music's fault.  Many bands are just repeating what was done in the 70's.  I think many progressive bands lack creativity and just want to demonstrate their technical ability.  It's very cold.  What many people don't realize is, it is not difficult to write a song with 6 time changes.  If it enhances a song ok, but if it BECOMES the song then it's not very interesting to me.  But again, our approach is that we are trying to tell a story..so the music is there to help create the tone and mood..which we try to do in a more subtle way.

May I live in the hope to see you live in Italy ? Have you ever been in my country ?
I/We have never been to Italy, but I will be going.  Hopefully for a tour. I also may go for vacation. I think I need one soon!

Thanks for your kindness, Andrè.

Thank you Luca for you questions and interest.  The best feeling is to have something that we create touch you on a deeper level. That is the definition of success for me!

... y unos ejemplos de su trabajo:

Y esta muestra del álbum Island of the Misfit Toys:

4 comentarios:

  1. Acá está (flac + scans, cortesía de Marek desde Polonia):

  2. Que grande CalleNep y Marek!!!! el gran cabezón polaco!!!!
    Felicitaciones Marek por ser parte de este espacio, que va sumando no solamente adeptos sino también aportantes! se agranda la familia cabezona!!!!

    Que alegría!

    1. Se vienen más de los buenos discos que me compartido Marek!!!

  3. Thank you :-) Have you got anymore of this band ?They are awesome


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