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5.0 out of 5 stars You and I Glowing Sky, You and Me Mystery, 22 Aug 2014
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I was put onto this by Caerllysi Music:- the progressive rock specialists, i'm glad they did, as it came as a pleasant surprise.

Eastern Europe is a hotbed of prog and there is so much brilliant music emerging from there and this album proves why.

Antony Kalugin is the protagonist behind Karfagen and he's got an encyclopedic knowledge of prog, anyone who can compose these tracks and assemble such consummate musicians and produce music as good as this is a genius.

It's mainly an instrumental album, of the 9 tracks only 3 of them have vocals, quite often music speaks more than lyrics and that's the case here. It's what music should be; full of innovation, possibility, originality and excess.

'Solitary Sandpiper Journey' is another fairytale chapter of Karfagen history, that's centred on the inexhaustible 'Spirit of Revelation.' A musical adventure to a world of fabulous characters and mysterious places.

Absolute Brilliant Stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ...bewitching and beguiling prog..., 1 Aug 2010
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Mr. H "Mr H" (Embra) - See all my reviews
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Antony Kalugin is a busy man in the prog world. There was his 2008 project, Sunchild, he is a part of Hoggwash, and now 2010 sees him returning to his main outlet, Karfagen, an ongoing affair that stretches back to 1994. As he basically is Karfagen, "Solitary Sandpiper Journey" sees the arrival of some fresh blood in the shape of guitarist Alexandr Pavlov and vocalist Marina Zacharova.

The progressive rock of Karfagen harks back to the late seventies sounds, rather than its earlier exponents, and fans of Camel, Greenslade and their ilk, will find themselves warming to this quickly. The album is split between instrumentals and vocal tracks, and I was particularly taken with the vocal numbers, as Marina Zacharova has a beguiling voice. Which means that 'Magic Moment' and 'Searching For Love' are favourites of mine.

Antony mixes up prog, jazz and folk influences in fine style, and the virtuoso instrumental performances are absolutely wonderful. As an album, its a bit fragmented, as the three vocal songs stand slightly apart from the main body of the work. I don't know if he was a bit nervous about introducing a singer to the project, but it's definitely a route he should be pursuing.

The compilation album, "The Key To Perception" was heralded by Kalugin as the closing of the first chapter of Karfagen. Well I'm glad to say that the opening of chapter two is utterly splendid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, 20 Jun 2010
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In my search for new and innovative prog-rock I stumbled upon this Ukranian based outfit Karfagen. Apparently earlier albums do not feature the beautiful vocals of Marina Zacharova. She only sings on acouple of tracks, the rest being instrumental symphonic epics likened to, I suppose, Focus and Camel albeit a bit more abstract.
I don't like to compare new bands to the more traditional ones, however there are obvious influences but hey do they do it well. This album boasts some fantastic musicianship with a line up of Accordion, Flute, Saxophone, the obligatory symphonic keyboards, splendid lead guitar playing and some other weird and wonderful sound effects. The album is almost concept to a degree and is a tale of peace and love and the quest for it. It has everything a prog rock album should have and more, especially when Marina adds vocals,gives it a broader feel which sometimes even sounds a bit Renaissance like. I would go as far to say that this album is probably the best I have heard in a while Prog wise, different for sure, yet has the similarities that will bend your ear towards it. fine stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One to watch, 6 Oct 2010
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Ianham "Ianham" (Ross-shire, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Sometimes it surprising what can tickle your fancy. I ordered one CD (Mystery new one - fantastic by the way) and a flyer for this one was included. I liked the cover (always a good sign) and checked out some of the reviews and splashed out. Must admit first couple of songs I was not entirely convinced (for reasons I will explain later) but things improved as CD went on as my ears got atuned. Vocals are included and earlier reviewers have commented on these. I must admit that I am not as enthusiastic as some others but this is more to do with personal taste than any fault. The instrumental work is nothing less than very good and touches on excellence when the gloves are taken off. On occasion however the mix of instruments gets a bit clumsy and things don't quite gel; I suspect this is simply over ambition. That said I have given this a four star review as these are minor issues. I personally found the production to be ok but it tends to suffer from the old problem of an artist being unable to edit himself. Similarly the engineering tended to flatten the sound and dynamics which ought to have been brought out, were simply lost in the busy arrangements. Although I understand that these thing cost, I would hope that the next outing would bring an outside producer to help tighten things up a bit (20 minute tracks rather than 21 for example.) Also it was noticable that in having 17 (?) players, some where more suited to the music than others. All those reservations aside the potential is obvious for Ukraine to have there own Flower Kings - lets hope so.

I commend this CD to the house.
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