Druckfarben – Second Sound (2014)

Druckfarben_SecondSound4.5 out of 5 Stars!

This is easily one of my favorite newer Prog-Rock bands, a more recent discovery of mine. Heavily influenced by classic Yes with a healthy dose of Gentle Giant, Spock’s Beard, Utopia, Kansas, and other Symphonic Prog-Rock influences tossed into the mix, the oddly named Druckfarben from Canada also features an exceptional vocalist by the name of Phil Naro (current singer for the equally impressive Unified Past and the former vocalist of groups such as Talas and D Drive) and the amazing guitarist/violinist Ed Bernard (who released a solo album in 2015 where he plays every single instrument himself).

With obvious talent at its disposal, Druckfarben released its self-titled debut in 2011 and this sophomore effort in 2014, and both are near-perfect collections of tracks to make Prog-Rock lovers swoon, with glorious vocal harmonies, lustrous instrumentation, elaborate and intriguing keyboard-heavy song arrangements with inventive rhythmic twist and turns, and enough adept musicianship seemingly within each band members’ pinky fingers to make most groups of lesser capabilities grumble and cringe with envy.

Now I can only pray the members of Druckfarben are able (and motivated enough) to find the much-needed time in their busy schedules to rejoin at some point in the future to create even more material of such high caliber for perhaps a “Third Sound,” then a “Fourth Sound,” and so on and so on and so on.

In a word, terrific!

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