F2 Music/Festival Music [Release date 04.09.20]
‘Harmony/Synchronicity’ was written and recorded during an intense 8 week period between April and early June 2020, and follows less than a year after Lee’s highly recommended ‘Comatose’ album.
Lee is joined Gerald Mulligan (Credo) on drums and a host of vocalists – Marc Atkinson (Riversea, Moon Halo), Simon Godfrey (Shineback, Tinyfish), Peter Jones (Tiger Moth Tales, Camel), along with Galahad bandmates Mark Spencer and Stu Nicholson.
As the album was written and recorded during the current pandemic the subject matter is timely. The album has an overall bleak feel, although there are shafts of musical light, such as ‘Never Say Never’ is the most instant song on the album. Possible single material, and it has a Marillion sound/feel to it. If that wasn’t enough, a lovely keyboard solo on the outro.
‘The World Is Falling Down’ is replete with heavy riffs and drums – verging into prog metal, even trad metal territory. The aggressive vocal delivery adds further menace to the song that is until you reach the chorus an uplifting, harmony filled delight. Then it is back to the heaviness. A marvellous piece of music, a proepr light and shade song.
Peter Jones puts in a sterling vocal performance on ‘Stay’, one of the stand outs on the album. Lee’s guitar playing is full of emotion on here.
The instrumental ‘Misguided Pt 2’ has a touch of the Pink Floyd in the guitar solo, nicely bookended by more heavy riffs.
Lee Abraham is currently producing some wonderfully enjoyable and challenging progressive music. ‘Harmony/Synchronicity’ continues his recent run of fine albums and comes highly recommended. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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