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Terra Nova by Robin Taylor

Danish multi-instrumentalist Robin Taylor’s latest progressive-rock extravaganza might loom as one of his finest recorded hours to date. Featuring an armada of keyboards, guitars and percussion, he rounds out this band with longtime associates, saxophonist Karsten Vogel and drummer Rasmus Grosell. Nonetheless, Taylor has the classic progressive-rock idiom down to a sweet science. With a few nods to ‘70s keys-based bands such as Triumvirate and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, he spawns a fresh outlook on previously traversed routes.

Wondrously recorded, this album features a bountiful mix of whispery themes and tuneful keys that signify elements of Taylor’s cascading choruses and projected sense of regality. Grosell lays down the punchy backbeats here to complement the soloists’ forward-moving impetus. On the piece titled "Meccano," Taylor’s heavy organ is overlaid with resonating guitar licks within a melodic theme that offsets the ominously crafted undercurrents Then in other spots, the leader’s spewing analog synth swashes are reminiscent of classic Keith Emerson during his days with The Nice, and then ELP. To coincide with a few subtle diversions, Taylor’s arrangements contain memorable hooks, awash with whimsical motifs and rock solid pulses.

Listening to this album is akin to a déjà vu phenomenon. The band integrates an aura that sparks notions of the golden days of Euro-prog with a modernistic slant that provides the winning edge. Sit back, relax and enjoy....

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Robin Taylor
  • CD Title: Terra Nova
  • Genre: Progressive
  • Year Released: 2007
  • Record Label: Mals
  • Rating: Four Stars
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