Title - 'Zeelley Moon'
Artist - Zeelley Moon
For those not in the immediate know, the music of Zeelley Moon is rather unique, to say the least.
Drawing from many influences and with a passion for many different musical styles, including prog, pop, classical and soundtrack, Zeelley Moon’s self-titled album (which also features the music, keyboards and vocals of Patrick Molesworth), has been acknowledged as having a weighty full sound, chock full of melodic rock, akin to Pink Floyd meeting Supertramp; with a bit of Genesis and Yes thrown in!
And having listened to this quite stunning new CD twice through now for this review, I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree!
1. 'Itchy Feet'
3. 'Tricks and Tragedy'
4. 'The Tick Tock'
5. 'See Me Fly'
6. 'Weight of the World'
7. 'Designer Crime'
8. 'Living on the Water'
9. 'Feel So Real'
10. 'Out of the Blue'
This dynamic, not-one-genre of pure musical majesty features ten brand new, and diversely brilliant pop-rock vocal tracks along with one lead-off jazz-rock instrumental ('Itchy Feet') that brings to mind the progressive nature of Peter Frampton, the aforementioned (and one of my all-time favorite bands), Supertramp, and definitely the key work of Billy Joel.
The searing 'Smile' is a dutiful ode to those similar gone by down the years, with a Genesis-esque 'Tricks and Tragedy' (vocally, as well as musically) one of the stand out highlights here. That's backed seamlessly by the vibrant 'The Tick Tock,' which itself is followed by the free flowing gem, 'See Me Fly.'
Patrick Molesworth is one of the rising singer-songwriters and
keyboardists on the current U.K. progressive music scene and his vocal deliveries here are second to none for this kind of music. Perhaps none more so than on the stirring 'Weight of the World' and the vibrant 'Designer crime,' both of which I've listened to, on repeat, four times now.
With an album containing thought-provoking lyrics dealing with different aspects of life, personal experiences, human nature, the passage of time and what Molesworth himself has called “symphonic melancholy”, next up is the delightful, late '80s throwback ala Mike and the Mechanics, 'Living on the Water.'
That, in turn, is backed by the prog / psych lite guitar blend of 'Feel So Real' with the album then, sadly, rounding out with 'Out of the Blue.' A piano cut of the highest order, it showcases just why Zeelley Moon are among the finest bands from England that rightfully carry the torch for 21st century pop-rock.
Zeelley Moon’s CD packaging also features hardbound book-like
CD packaging, with excellent artwork complete lyrics and intriguing
Official Digital Purchase Link
Zeelley Moon @ Facebook!