13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Every so often an album comes along out of nowhere that sounds like very little else around. This album is certainly one of those. Carptree are essentially a due, comprising of vocalist/lyricist Niclas Flinck and instrumentalist Carl Westholm with other musical contributions from a band of musicians called No Future Orchestra.
Hailing from Sweden, though owing very little to other prog acts from that region, Carptree have produced something very individual indeed. Like the cover art, the music is haunting and mysterious. There are certainly echoes to traditional prog rock, but there are other musical signposts present which are less easy to decipher. The music is beautifully arranged and played. Westholm certainly knows a lot about composition and how to get the most out of his music. Superbly aided by vocalist Flinck who adds the right feel to each piece. In fact all the musicians concerned have an empathy to what is going on here. My favourite track is the closing “This is Home”. This has an eerie sadness about it that cannot be explained. You just have to listen and you will understand. But the whole album is uniformly exquisite. Even the short “The Recipe” which is just voice and what sounds like harmonium is disquieting and affective.
I can only simply say that this album is refreshingly sublime.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2008
Initially i liked this but thought that the tracks had a bit of a stop start feel as they all tend to have a lot of breakdowns into simple piano and voice followed by dramatic passages from the full band. However the more I hear it the more I think the arrangements work. The vocal melodies are very good indeed and hook you in from the first listen. The keyboards are haunting and compliment the vocals superbly. The general essence of this collection is upbeat and optomistic and has a classic progressive rock feel with an exellent production to boot. Fans of earlier period Yes and Genesis may well find affinity with the carptree sound though in truth they are vey much their own band.