Title - 'Out to Sea'
Artist - Fernando Perdomo
For those not in the know, rather like myself, in all truth, Fernando Perdomo is an American singer-songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.
Originally from Miami Beach, Florida, he co-produced Linda Perhacs' second album The Soul Of All Natural Things which holds the record for longest span of time between first and second records at 44 years!
Released May 4th, 2018, via Forward Motion Records (Cherry Red Records UK), Out to Sea is the debut Instrumental Progressive Rock Album by Perdomo; who is also the guitarist and bassist of The Dave Kerzner Band.
1. 'The Architect' (Tribute to Peter Banks)
2. 'Out to Sea'
3. 'De Boerderij' (Tribute to Focus)
4. 'Roses Spread All Over the World'
5. 'The Future According to Roye' (Tribute to Roye Albrighton and Nektar)
6. 'The Dream'
7. 'Sonja' (Tribute to Sonja Kristina and Curved Air)
8. 'Dreaming in Stereo Suite'
9. 'Starless' (Tribute to John Wetton)
The album draws inspiration from classic '70s Art Rock albums by the likes of Steve Hackett, Peter Banks, Steve Howe, and Jan Akkerman, whilst at the same time, Perdomo has written some tracks especially in tribute of those he has admired over the years.
With all instruments on the album, save one drum track, having been played by Perdomo himself - including Guitars, Keyboards, Bass, and Drums - we begin in fine style with the quietly frenetic 'The Architect,' a tribute to the late Peter Banks. The driving title track is next before playful '60s-esque guitars come into play on the fun and poppy 'De Boerderij' (itself a tribute to Focus).
The Eastern-flavored 'Roses Spread All Over the World' is a real beauty of a track and that's backed by both a stunning wah-wah guitar effect on 'The Future According to Roye' (a tribute to Roye Albrighton and Nektar), and then the simply soaring 'The Dream.'
Next up is a beautiful tribute to Sonja Kristina from Curved Air, appropriately enough entitled 'Sonja,' and then the album wraps up, all too soon for my money, with Perdomo at his Instrumental prog finest on 'Dreaming in Stereo Suite.' An exquisite CD bonus track comes in the form of 'Starless,' a mesmerizing tribute to the late John Wetton.
Acclaimed artist Paul Whitehead painted the cover image for Out to Sea with other covers by Whitehead including: Trespass, Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot by Genesis.
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