Bandcamp [Release date 06.05.20]
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate are Malcolm Galloway and Mark Gatland along with Kathryn Thomas on flute and vocals on one song.
The theme of the album is the frailty of civilisation, from a variety of perspectives, including 7 tracks inspired by the science fiction novels of author and former astrophysicist Alastair Reynolds, and others relating to nanotechnology, the Second World War, and environmental destruction.
All weighty subjects, however the album can be enjoyed on two levels with those who enjoy the themes and lyrics, along with others who enjoy melodic prog rock from the likes of Pink Floyd.
Some of these songs have been previously available on the ‘Ark’ EP including the dance electronica of ‘Chasing Neon’ and the aforementioned ‘Ark’, one of the best pieces of emotive music I have heard in ages.
It really is a stunning piece of work, full of musical moods featuring epic guitar and flute passages. Certainly reminds you a lot of Camel. Another instrumental highlight is ‘Voyager’, where the keys are to the forefront.
‘Glitterband’ sounds a little like the Pet Shop Boys, mainly in the vocals and backbeats. You do need to come into this album with an open mind on music as Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate are masters of mixing musical ideas together and not sticking to the typical prog rock template some bands adhere to. The title track is a perfect example of that, swirling flute, keys and a steady beat match the vocals perfectly.
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate have absolutely nailed it on this album. One to immerse yourself in and give a deep listen. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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