Windchase – Symphinity (1977) (@256)
14 Aug 2007
(Review from vintageprog.com, progarchives.com)
Windchase was formed in the mid-seventies by Mario Millo (guitars, vocals), and Toivo Pilt (keyboards), former members of Sebastian Hardie.
The band released only the album “Symphinity”, but it’s a very solid and enjoyable work of typical 70′s symphonic progressive rock. Beautiful lyrical melodies, musical emphasis, lyrical guitars and keyboards, mix of sung and instrumental sequences, positive lyrics… Sound here is a blend of soft art & symphonic rock with agreeable pop-rock tunes, being the first seriously influenced by the likes of Yes or Camel with some Pink Floyd touches and the second much in the lines of Beatles or ELO.
The album opens with the atmospheric piano tones of “Forward We Ride” that glides into the excellent “Horsemen to Symphinity”. The sound is clearly a bit late 70′s here, but not bad at all. Toivo uses his synths in a floating and very symphonic way. The charming and cheerful “Glad to be Alive” features real strings and an irresistible chorus. The instrumental “Gypsy” has the strong melodic themes that the last Sebastian Hardie album seemed to miss sometimes, and stands actually as one of my favourites here. “No Scruples” is just as typical symphonic progressive rock as it possibly can get. Complex and grandiose with numerous Moog/guitar solos and juicy Hammond riffs. “Lamb’s Fry” opens with the sounds of a frying pan, and is essentially a long and energetic jam where Millo and Toivo duels from start to finish. The short, acoustic instrumental “Non Siamo Perfetti” combines the melody of “Rosanna” from Sebastian Hardie’s debut with one of the themes from “Windchase”. The closer “Flight Call” is slightly more lightweight than most of the album, but still quite nice and enjoyable.
- Mario Millo / vocals, Gibson S1, Gibson L5-S, mandolin, acoustic guitars, tubular bells
- Toivo Pilt / Hammond C3 L-111 organ, grand piano, Mini Moog, Fender Rhodes, mellotron,
Arp 2600, Solina, Omni string synth, clavinet D6, handclaps and vocals
- Doug Bligh / drums, percussion (various), backing vocals and handclaps
- Duncan McGuire / bass guitar
01. Forward We Ride (1:39)
02. Horsemen to Symphinity (8:33)
03. Glad to be Alive (8:06)
04. Gypsy (4:47)
05. No Scruples (6:29)
06. Lamb’s Fry (9:39)
07. Non Siamo Perfetti (1:57)
08. Flight Call (4:36)
09. Horsemen to Symphinity (11:55)
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