Title - 'Emerger'
Artist - Carptree
For those of you not in the know, Carptree is progressive, symphonic rock music from Sweden. Formed in 1997 in Stockholm, Sweden, by songwriters Niclas Flinck (vocals) and Carl Westholm (keyboards and production), from 2001-2010 they released five albums and have performanced live all over the world.
Now, come April 7th, 2017, Carptree will release their brand new album, the quite stunning Emerger. With a physical vinyl LP out on May 5th, 2017 via Reingold Records, Carptree's latest musical venture is, to my mind at the very least, their best yet.
A true work of prog rock art, and a heartfelt one at that, Emerger couldn't have been any better titled for this new album has had some of its songs, in various manners, cluttering their collective minds for years now. "This album was a really slow starter," admits the band themselves. "We started already in 2014 with some of the songs, the first two song was 'Fleeting Deep' and 'Ultimately Lifeless' which both have taken a lot of different shapes along the process."
"'Between Extremes' is also a song that has been around in different shapes for many years. First we recorded it in 2009, but was not happy and cut it down to a short version which ended up on Nymf 'Between Extremes, Prelude', then rewrote it and planned to release it as a single in 2012, but was not happy with the result."
"So again we rewrote it and when we recorded it with Jesper Skarin on the drums and Carl rerecorded everything with just his Fender Rhodes and organ and we were finally happy with it. That's why we wanted to release that song already in May 2016 as a Maxi single to give that special song a chance to stand on it's own.”
I mean, just listening to the immense opening track, the eight minute long opus 'The Fleeting Deep' should kick off your day on a high, positive note. The frenetic building, soaring styling coupled with Niclas Flinck's unmistaken, and haunting at times vocals never lets go of your senses thereafter or throughout.
The steady pace of 'Between Extremes' (yet another eight minute track of wonderment) is perhaps my own personal favorite here. With a hint of the original Marillion running throughout it, its back beat, more rock than prog aspects are a joy to behold; as are each and every track here on Emerger.
1. The Fleeting Deep
2. Between Extremes
3. The River
4. Ultimately Lifeless
5. Never To Return And Never Ever Leave
7. Immersive Attention
8. Dwindle Into Greatness (Bonus Track, New Mix)
Inclusive of a remixed version of their 'Dwindle Into Greatness' track, which was originally the B-side of the Maxi single released in May 2016), the aforementioned vinyl LP will also feature the other 7 tracks; and will be released as two versions: Black and Transparent Marine Blue) via FOSFOR Creation label.
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