Now that it seems to be OK to admit to liking prog rock again, maybe this hugely talented, and shamefully overlooked, British band will finally achieve the attention (and sales) they deserve.
I first discovered Mostly Autumn last year via a US internet radio station called Radio Paradise. There isn't much chance of hearing them on the UK airwaves. That's a great pity, as their music blows away much of what you'll hear on radio in this country, even on specialist rock stations.
Storms Over Still Water is a varied album. I wouldn't say there are any weak tracks, but (as with all the Mostly Autumn albums I've heard) there is a wide range of musical styles, and most people will prefer certain tracks to others.
Another reviewer mentions as favourites Out of the Green Sky and Ghost in Dreamland. These are relatively short, fizzy numbers, the closest Mostly Autumn come to mainstream pop. Personally I prefer the longer, more lyrical tracks such as Candle in the Sky, Carpe Diem, and the title track. I'd love to see any of these performed live.
Mostly Autumn have been compared with Pink Floyd, but that doesn't really do them justice. Their music has similar melodic qualities to Floyd, but there is also a strong Celtic influence. Another difference is that whereas Pink Floyd numbers tend to focus inwards, on alienation and paranoia, Mostly Autumn have a more outward-looking stance. Several of the songs on this CD (Black Rain is the best example) concern nature and the environment.
If you haven't heard Mostly Autumn yet, but you like Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Yes, and so on, I'd say you owe it to yourself to give them a try. I'd also particularly recommend their two-CD album 'Catch the Spirit', which is a great value introduction to their music. Also available from Amazon!