Riverside's latet EP, "Memories in my Head" is a throwback to their sound of the "Reality Dream" trilogy - which comprised the Out of Myself, Second Life Syndrome and Rapid Eye Movement albums - rather than being a development of the heavier, more Deep Purple-leaning sound of their most recent album, "Anno Domini High Definition".
That latest album left the fans divided. As ever, many fans prefer their bands to stay close to the sound that originally attracted them and, for Riverside, that meant the original progressive-rock trilogy (which, sonically, also included the original EP "Voices In My Head"). That soundscape owed more to Pink Floyd than it did to Deep Purple.
However, there is a danger that one can also continue along the same sonic path for too long...and Riverside may now have reached that point. Personally, I feel that staying close to "Anno Domini High Definition" would have been a more suitable development. There is truly nothing wrong with the current EP, "Memories in my Head", other than the fact that one is always thinking: "I have heard this before...". Of course, should this be your introduction to the band, then I suspect you may well think that it is brilliant!
That concern is what prevents me giving this latest EP five stars. It is perhaps a bit churlish denying such fine music the full score, but I feel that the band are treading water slightly...they have a really massive album/sound just within their grasp...please just reach for it guys!