The Pitch: Talented solo artist, and sometimes YouTube comedy star, Sarah Longfield delivers a full length album of progressive and post-metal tunes via Season Of Mist. FFO: Mendel, Animals As Leaders, Modern Day Babylon
What I Like: In a word: tranquil. This album is brimming with peaceful beauty and positive atmosphere, which makes for a welcome oasis in my usual stream of violent negativity. Much like Animals As Leaders, focus is on multi-textured riffs and evocative, progressive sounscapes. I've been impressed in the past with snippets Sarah has released of her guitar work, but I think that she has reached new heights with Disparity. Highly technical and with more than a little jazz influence, hooks on the likes of "Cataclysm" and "Sun" should be porn for the burgeoning music students out there. It's a powerful series of performances that are both emotionally engaging and highly proficient; further elevated by stellar drumming, harp, saxophone, and even bird sounds. And while it works just fine as an instrumental affair, her whispy, soothing vocals are icing on the cake.
Critiques: I find little fault in this album. It might be nice to hear some tasteful guest vocal spots to vary things up, but other than that I am in love.
The Verdict: I was already prepared to like this album, but Sarah Longfield has managed to exceed all of my expectations with Disparity. With her skill and appraoch, I could see her playing for Fallujah if she wanted to go in a heavier direction, but barring that I am more than happy to enjoy something a little more reserved. Highly recommended.
Flight's Fav's: Cataclysm, Sun, The Fall
- Review by FlightOfIcarus
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