‘The Blue Hour’ Review: ReGen Magazine
25th September 2013
Rhys Marsh and the Autumn Ghost
Category: Experimental / Progressive Rock
Album: The Blue Hour
Blurb: Blues like and melancholy, a wide array of instrumentation drive this melody heavy creation.
Rhys Marsh and the Autumn Ghost has returned after some time away with this dynamic and interesting third album, The Blue Hour. Blue is definitely descriptive as this album is filled with blues and melancholy melodies as well as a variety of instruments you don’t often hear prominently on commercial releases. Brass and woodwind ensembles take The Blue Hour to sonic territory not seen often but executed in a well plotted and well developed way as to make this album stand out from other releases.
“And I Wait” unfolds across seven minutes of flutes and lighthearted but sad melodies that combine over its playtime, the track lightly floating by your ears as you hear it. Short, retro, and groovy, “Read the Cards” is one of the more upbeat offerings and has a catchy bass line and horn chorus section that will call to mind David Bowie, which is not a bad thing at all. “The Moment of Our Last Farewell” is pieced together with a steady stream of light drum taps and background horns that develop quickly in just over two minutes. “Wooden Heart” sounds as if it was ripped from an ‘80s movie soundtrack of the romantic fashion as the vocals powerfully soar into your ears and control the track without fail, but you simply cannot ignore the constant horn section that gives this track so much personality. “The Place Where You Lay” is a dense emotional ballad that stands out and brings you into a very interesting space with its horn marches. “One More Moment” is a long play at over nine minutes and being the longest track on the album is filled with enough ambience to keep the listener interested, which in itself is a difficult task, but still manages to keep itself intact without falling apart or becoming mundane.
Brimming with the sound of the ‘60s or ‘70s, The Blue Hour is very retro in style but progressive in execution. With melodies that carry and convey their emotions effortlessly and an assortment of instruments you won’t hear prominently often, this one is an interesting play and Rhys Marsh and the Autumn Ghost put together quite a winner with it.