Title - 'Static'
Artist - Dave Kerzner
For those not in the know, Dave Kerzner is an American musician, songwriter, producer, and sound designer as well as founder of the sound sampling development company Sonic Reality Inc.
Along with Simon Collins (the son of Phil), Kerzner is the co-founder of the band Sound of Contact, the co-founder of the band Mantra Vega, and his debut solo album, New World, was released in December 2014.
During his music career, Kerzner has worked with artists and bands such as Alan Parsons, Genesis, Francis Dunnery, Neil Peart, Keith Emerson, Tom Waits, and Smashing Pumpkins.
Just released this past October 1st, 2017 on RecPlay Inc. (via Cherry Red Records UK), Static is Dave Kerzner’s long awaited follow-up solo studio album to his aforementioned, and highly-acclaimed debut, New World.
The album also features: Steve Hackett (Genesis); Fernando Perdomo (Jakob Dylan); Nick D’Virgilio (Big Big Train); Derek Cintron (Brothers of Others), Randy McStine (The Fringe); Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact); Durga & Lorelei McBroom (Pink Floyd); Alex Cromarty (Mostly Autumn); Stuart Fletcher (Sea Horses); Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), and more.
5. "Chain Reaction"
7. "Quiet Storm"
8. "Dirty Soap Box"
9. "The Truth Behind"
10. "Right Back To The Start"
12. "Millennium Man"
13. "State of Innocence"
14. "The Carnival of Modern Life"
This massive progressive rock opera, about the distractions, chaos and clutter in everyday life and about navigating past this “static interference” in our heads toward clarity and happiness, is one for the ages, truly.
Leading us into his world with a 0:39 second piano piece entitled "Prelude", the static gentle simmering in the background until it overwhelms the keys, that bleeds seamlessly into the all out musical tale telling of "Hypocrites", and the title track itself, "Static". At times coming across as early work from Pink Floyd (which might be down to the inclusion on this track of both Durga & Lorelei McBroom); and which ain't no bad thing anyway, as you all well know, Kerzner still manages to make this immense body of work his; for the most part.
Proof in point, the stunning "Reckless" followed neatly by the melodic "Chain Reaction". The forthright backbone of the piano comes to the fore once again on the beautiful, yet harrowing ballad "Trust", which in turn is backed by a two minute "Quiet Storm" and a magnificent stand alone cut, "Dirty Soap Box".
The second longest track on the album is the forthright piano work of "The Truth Behind", which is followed by the shortest (save for the Prelude), "Right Back To The Start", and then the guitar and synth prog rock journey of "Statistic". The upbeat and funky blues of "Millennium Man" is a doozy of a cut, with the stoic "State of Innocence" along next, before the album rounds out with the near 18 minute long epic, "The Carnival of Modern life".
A concept album with dramatic twists and turns, inclusive of dark moods to uplifting atmospheric pieces, from moments of modern alt rock to rich nostalgic rock sounds, Static is, in my humble opinion, one of the best albums of 2017.
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