Rhys Marsh

‘Trio’ Review: Ytsejam

7th July 2013

If anyone can recall an era of rock and roll that really exposed artistry to the point where even the record industry couldn’t ignore, you have to look at the late 60′s and early 70′s; the golden era of not only progressive rock, but music that was progressive and artistic in general, without exactly being ‘prog.’ Interest from major labels, particularly in the UK had spawned Deram, Harvest and Vertigo Records, plus then indies including Island, Charisma & Pie/Dawn focused on music without borders, as what might have been the fading era of the 60′s psychedelic rock revolution was still bearing fruit.

The latest album from Rhys Marsh & the Autumn Ghost offers up a reflection of that era without tripping into a free fall of retro desperation. Recorded live in the studio, this two disc set known asTrio has elements of eased back-Sabbath, Beggars Opera, Bill Fay, & Barclay James Harvest; beholding hallowed and mellow vibes with intentionally adept heavy nuances that creep up to the atmospheric moodiness which engulfs the record with raw emotion that lies beneath the surface. The music meanders through hallowed passages including flute driven “And I Wait” and the laid back, but soulful “The Place Where You Live;” yet regardless of the recurrent dark motif, it’s within both “Wooden Heart” & “And I Wait” where the arrangements have brought out the best in Marsh & Co.’s multifaceted artistic flourishes making Trio that something both hardened proggers and new onlookers at the genre can certainly enjoy.


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