Tuesday 21 June 2016

Angel's Hidden Plan (Moonrise, 2009)

When it comes to atmospheric and keyboard-driven neo-prog, Polish bands are second to no one. Moonrise is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Kamil Konieczniak, who gathers a different crew for each album of his project. This track comes from the album "Soul's Inner Pendulum", released in 2009 and is a very good example of Moonrise's melodic and dreamy music. The sung theme "Angel's Hidden Plan" is excellent and sung by Łukasz Gall in a very light and serene tone.

"Soul's Inner Pendulum" was the second album by Moonrise.

Keyboards provide the background mood, but other instruments get the foreground, including Darek Rybka's sax and, most of all, Marcin Kruczek's guitar. The dreamy solos remind me of Steve Rothery's touch, and after all the entire song has a Marillion-like atmosphere and also some Pendragon inspiration. Derivative elements don't worry me if there are a solid composition and a coherent architecture. I do think this is the case with Moonrise and especially with "Angel's Hidden Plan".

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