Friday, 11 July 2014

Waiting for The Axe to Fall (Phideaux, 2010)

No doubt Phideaux Xavier is one of the most surpising and somewhat puzzling prog artists out there. This "Waiting for The Axe to Fall" suite, from the 2009 album "Number Seven" is an example of the eclectic and rich kind of music he makes. Please note this suite only exists in the 2010 remastered edition of the album, while in the original release you only had it as four self standing songs, following the opening theme of the concept CD. Classic prog, electronic pop, piano soul... how many moods and genres in just one song! And still, how clever Phideaux is in keeping the whole lot under control and in assuring a perfect coherence to the track...

Well... even the cover art is puzzling, isnt'it?

All those inspirations, all those musical worlds seem to flow naturally, as they were all born in the same era and from the same father. Unpredictable? Yes. Chaotic? Not at all. Each time I listen to this song I like it more. It seems to me Phideaux has so many feelings inside his soul and he likes to share them all with the listener, kind of a moving side of prog. Look at the piano work in "Waiting for The Axe to Fall": poetry, pure modern poetry. IMHO, of course.