After a 6 year hiatus, Band of Rain are back with another album of haunting, ambient – largely instrumental – rock music.
This time built around the talented duo of long-time band leader Chris Gill (guitar / multi instruments / programming) and Micha Steinbacher (bass, flute, sax, multi-instruments, programming, vocals), the album features 9 tracks of hypnotic, trance-like music, treading a line where progressive rock and psychedelic music meet – often reminiscent of Hawkwind, Pink Floyd and very early Porcupine Tree. Two pieces – “Toys” and the title track – feature the excellent, quirky vocals of Ria Parfitt.
Listen out, also, for Gordo Bennett’s superb guitar solo on “Ancient Electric” and the inventive flute work over the Eastern rhythms of “Indian Summer”. This is an album of lush, and otherworldly beauty, cemented by some remarkable atmospherics and haunting soundscapes.
Dust of Stars
Across a Starlit night
Chris Gill – Multi Instruments/ Lead Guitar/Programming
Micha Steinbacher – Multi Instruments/Fretless Bass/ Programming and vocals
Ria Parfitt – Vocals: vocal melodies and performance of vocals
Gordo Bennett Guitar solo on Ancient Electric