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Other bands that might come to mind while listening to Silent Dance are Renaissance, Mike Oldfield and perhaps Kansas. Like in Renaissance, the bass guitar is often but not always Chris Squire-like, but again like Renaissance, the sound of Solstice is a bit toned down compared to, and not as hard edged and "flashy" as, Yes or Kansas it is more of a Turn Of The Century than a Sound Chaser if you catch my drift.
As might be expected from looking at the cover art picture and reading the lyrics and song titles, there is a certain New-Age sensibility in the approach of Solstice, sometimes reminding me of Oldfield's music. The sound of Silent Dance is never very aggressive or overly complex and some of the occasionally wordless vocals come Got To Make You Mine (Instrumental) as chants.
This is particularly noticeable on Cheyenne that features a chant that reminds me of the one provided by Steeleye Span's Maddy Prior to Mike Oldfield's Incantations album. The presence of violin and acoustic guitars also brings a slight but appealing Folk element to the mix and a somewhat jazzy element is also present, most evident on the closing track, LP. As Solstice is a British band formed in and listed here as Neo-Prog, it should perhaps be pointed out that they have sound-wise nothing to do with bands like IQ, Marillion, Pallas or other bands of that school.
The sound of Solstice is more rooted in the classic Symphonic Prog of the 70's. Indeed, it is hard to believe that this album came out around the same time as Yes' and Renaissance' Time-Line and countless other albums by other classic Prog bands that were released around this time and are often rightly regarded as the worst albums of these bands.
Unlike Helt Fin Av Solskinn - Abra Kadavra - Helt Fin A/S (CD, Album) albums from these the- worst-of-times for progressive Rock and music in generalSilent Dance does not have that typical 80's sound.
The sonic quality of the present album is high as is the quality of the actual songs. To have good material is, of course, the most important thing in all music, and the songs here are strong.
An excellent addition! While the band had already become seasoned veterans on the live gig circuit having played many clubs and the university scenes, the band took many years to find their debut album SILENT DANCE on the market which ended up costing more money than expected and taking over five months longer than they wanted.
Nevertheless, the band crafted one of the more unique albums that got lumped into the The Moody Blues - Out Of This World (Cassette) neo-prog world of the 80s.
Unlike the greater majority of neo-prog bands that took the Genesis infused approach and added glossy layers of keyboard parts, SOLSTICE LP a sound all their own that was part folk and part rock that incorporated healthy doses of ambient and even ethnic world music.
Andy Glass' guitar playing was unlike any other as he eschewed the clear lineage of Steve Hackett and added a more funk laden rock approach that even incorporated jazzy Silhouettes - Sha Na Na* - Sha Na Na Is Here To Stay (Vinyl, LP) to the mix although this is neo-prog and Gensesis and Hackett do come into play at various points on SILENT DANCE. Also unique to the sound was the exquisite violin playing of Marc Elton which added a completely new dimension to the mix and nowhere is this so deftly utilized as in the beautiful instrumental "Return Of Spring.
Renaissance comparisons are inevitable as she does nail certain aspects of Annie Haslam's style but overall she is more like Jon Anderson Zar (7) - From Welcome.To Goodbye (CD, Album) Yes than any female contemporary.
The music has an eerie similarity to Yes at times as well but only in the most evasive ways. While they would form inthey wouldn't release their debut album until and then they would break up soon thereafter.
The band would reconvene nearly ten years later and relaunch their career beginning with 's "New Life" but Sandy Leigh would not rejoin the cast which leaves the one album from their 80s run quite unique even in the band's lengthy multi-decade career. Equalling the diversity of the music are Sandy Leigh's vocals as she could belt out the highest pitched squeals without missing a beat as well as hover in mid-range mellowness.
Overall SILENT DANCE is an interesting specimen of unpeggable progressive rock Raping The Candle - Freak Of Nature - Freakthology (CD) the mids that displayed a unique approach that sorta skirted all easy categorization, just the kind of prog i can really sink my teeth into.
For some it seems that the synthesizer parts keep this one dated but this WAS the 80s and despite those infrequent period pieces especially on "Peace" and "Brave New World," this album sounds out of step with the general consensus of neo-prog led prog revival. And layers of background singers! Brave New World - Solstice (4) - Silent Dance (Vinyl bass-dripping, YES-like prog music. And an excellent lead guitarist.
Top notch solos! Great melodies and harmonic structures. And violin. If the sound production were better this might be deserving of full marks! Joined by keys and then laid-back drums and very nice fretless bass. Nice groove set up. The lyric is so prescient of today's environmental ills and their effects. Just such a nice floating experience! The violin Album) on this one is stunning, given the lead for most of the song with intermittent breaks for acoustic guitars and multi-voice "la-la-las.
Great sound with amazing vocal arrangements. Very spacious throughout. Awesome song! Were it not for the poor production many of the songs on this album might even have earned higher ratings. Of these four, three would go on to sign major label contracts and make a shot for the big time. Marillion, out of all the pack, can be said to have truly made the most of this opportunity - most prog fans already know their history.
Pallas and Twelfth Night's major label releases, on the other hand, sank like a stone - and the accepted wisdom is that this was due in part to attempts to make their sound more poppy and commercial.
Certainly, Twelfth Night's self-titled album on Virgin is regarded as a bit simplistic compared to Breaking The Rules - Archway Towers - Breaking The Rules (File, MP3, Album) dark depths of Fact and Fiction, whilst the original release of Pallas' The Sentinel was fumbled due to scrambling the intended running order of the Atlantis Suite, carving out great chunks of it and replacing them with poppier standalone tracks.
Solstice, on the other hand, stood apart from all this, being the only one of the Big Four of the era who never signed to a major label - and never intended to. This, perhaps, arises in part from their different ethos; while they were Marquee regulars and warmly embraced by the audience there, their hearts were really in the free festival scene of the era which also formed a home for the likes of Hawkwind and Ozric Tentacles.
The original lineup of Solstice would break up in and the band would go on hiatus for some years after that, and whilst by all reports this was entirely down to internal tensions within the group, at the same time there's a certain aptness to this: under assault from a government hostile to it, the free festival scene would find its activities increasingly curtailed as the s ground on, with the "Battle of the Beanfield" at Stonehenge proving an ugly turning point.
We can be glad, then, that before they split the good-natured hippies of Solstice produced this lone album, in which band leader Andy Glass' subtle guitar, Marc Elton's soaring violin, and the Jon Anderson-meets-Annie Haslam vocals of Sandy Leigh combine to present an intriguingly unique sound in the early neo-prog scene.
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