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'Bottled Out Of Eden'
(Inside Out)
Release Date: 22nd April 2016

Ian Sutherland

ian sutherland


Prog rock is a world wide phenomenon right now with a resurgence of interest in complex and sometimes epic songs with exemplary musicianship. There are successful bands from all over the place such as Spock's Beard from the US and Poland's Riverside. The roots of the genre are really English though from back in the sixties and seventies.

Knifeworld are one of those bands who despite a myriad of influences and a habit of mixing progressive rock and psychedelic rock into a quirky vibe all their own, still they somehow manage to sound English through and through.

'Bottled Out Of Eden' is their third album and the now eight (yes eight) piece band sound as quirky as ever. There are parts of the album which have reference points which are easy to make out such as a Steve Hillage style intro to opening tune 'High Aflame' or the trippy folk vibe of 'Foul Temple'. However when you have bands members listed as playing bassoon and alto saxophone (Chloe Herington) and baritone saxophone(Oliver Selwood) then you know that the music is going to sound different and very often it does.

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'I Must Set Fire To Your Portrait' is as quirky as the title sounds with the woodwind part of the band dominating the sound while the overall vibe is almost jazz rock at times with changing rhythms and a discordant edge underneath. Somehow the track manages to be both slightly unsettling but melodic and interesting at the same time throughout though.

Frontman and main songwriter Karvus Torabi wanted to make an album about life and death, loss and hope. "I wanted the album to be as much about that (referring to his time making music and the joy it has brought him) a celebration of this all too fleeting life, as it is a reflection on death and its impact on those left behind in its wake," he explained.


Strangely although that sounds like some heavy subject matter the album manages to be quite poppy at times among all the strange rhythms and unconventional use of instruments. 'Secret Words' has a light and airy feel about it although it is only pop music if pop is viewed through the same kind of prism that Syd Barrett era Floyd might have used.

Overall this is an album from a band with a unique style. The word that keeps coming to mind is quirky and Knifeworld are certainly about looking at the world their own way. Their musical vision is unpredictable and maybe a bit of an acquired taste. The songs certainly benefit from repeated listens and this is an album I may take some time to fully appreciate. Challenging music then but for anyone looking for something different from the mainstream prog world right now one really worth checking out.

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