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Karfagen - Messages From Afar: First Contact (2017) CD-Rip

16-05-2018, 02:56
2017 | Rock | FLAC / APE | Mp3 | CD-Rip

Title: Messages From Afar: First Contact
Year Of Release: 2017
Label: Caerllysi Music #CM17018
Genre: Progressive Rock, Art Rock
Quality: WavPack (Img+Cue,Log) / MP3 CBR320
Total Time: 56:14
Total Size: 555 / 285 Mb (Full Scans)

Karfagen - Messages From Afar: First Contact (2017) CD-Rip

«Messages from Afar» is a special concept album, that`s divided into 2 chapters – 1st by Karfagen and 2nd by Sunchild (part 2 to follow in 2018). It`s our hommage to the Art Rock as we know it from the heart of the 20th century. It`s a solid concept, statement in a modern Prog scene. Fans of Camel, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Happy the Man, Yes and other classic bands will be really at home with this two release! Once again the fabulous artwork is painted by Igor Sokolskiy, that fantastically compliments the fairy mood of the music, where Antony`s lush keyboards texture and solos meet the outstanding virtuosity of Max Velychko`s guitars.

Karfagen biography
Founded in Ukraine in 1997. KARFAGEN (meaning Carthago) is a symbol of glory and wisdom, a never-ending journey into the world of the forgotten past and unpredictable future. KARFAGEN is the brainchild of multi-talented musician and composer, Antony Kalugin. The name was first used in 1997, when Antony formed a band at school. While he was studying at the architectural university a year later, he began to record the first Karfagen compositions in one of the local studios, and a few tracks from this period can be found on the `Key to Perception' compilation from 2009.

In 2005 Antony Kalugin with his assembled musicians went into the studio to record `Continium', the first Karfagen album, which led the band to sign with Unicorn Digital (Canada) the following year. It was highly acclaimed by listeners, which inspired Antony to continue his work and release a second album `The Space Between Us' in early 2007. Later that year he signed with Caerllysi Music (UK).

In order to expand the boundaries of the musical landscape, Antony often collaborated with many different unique musicians. Therefore, in 2011 on the `Lost Symphony' album, Roberto Diaz (Cuba) from ANIMA MUNDI took part as an additional guitarist; in 2013 on `Aleatorica', Tomek Mucha provided electric violin and Sergey Klevenskiy added clarinet, whistles and flutes. In 2014 Mathieu Spaeter appeared as a main guitarist on `Magicians Theatre' as well as Pascal Gutman playing some stick-bass on the `Yuletide' track.

Karfagen is mainly an instrumental band that shows imaginative use of keyboards and guitars, classical and ethnic instruments. Their style can be described as symphonic art-rock with a hint of new-age, folk, jazz-rock and neo-prog in places. Their influences are CAMEL, FOCUS, HAPPY THE MAN, GREENSLADE, THE FLOWER KINGS, UK and KAYAK.

Also inspired by the composers Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Prokofiev, Edward Grig and Pyotr Chaikovskiy, Antony's compositions are always well-constructed and thoughtful. The sound is enhanced by such instruments as oboe, bassoon, accordion, violin, cello, flutes, saxophone and pipes.

In addition to imaginative music, every Karfagen album cover is picturesque and charismatic in the tradition of the classic progressive rock era.

Antony doesn't stand still. On one hand, the sound of Karfagen is unique and recognisable, but on the other hand, with each consecutive album Antony brings something new and special, and always fresh and innovative. You never know what to expect from the next chapter of Karfagen's symphonic rock poem. So, welcome to the show and to Antony's Magician Theatre!

Antony: `With every album and every track I try to bring the warmth and atmosphere of the Seventies. It doesn't mean that I'm blindly copying it, just that I'm in a constant flow of searching and experimenting. I'm not a fan of the frequent aggression of modern albums, the artificial complicity in much of it or technique and virtuosity over songcraft. For me, melody and the ability to write proper compositions are first. That is something that still makes us excited about the sounds of the `Golden Era' of Prog of the Seventies. I produce music that I would want to hear as listener, who seeks those natural emotions and charm in a boundless sea of sound...'

~ Michael Hodgson (Aussie-Byrd-Brother)

Track List:

Message I
01. First Contact [7:14]
02. Foreign Land [7:23]
03. Curious Talk [3:30]
Message II
04. Volcano Rabbit & the Frog [5:33]
05. Faces in the Clouds [3:08]
06. Vale of Dreams [8:34]
07. Golden Fields of Rye [2:15]
08. Riding on a Rainbow [2:53]
Message III
09. Constant Flow [15:45]

Antony Kalugin - keys, vocals, percussion
Max Velychko - electric and acoustic guitars
Kostya Shepelenko - drums
Oleg Prokhorov - bass
Olha Rostovska - vocals, additional keys
Michail Sidorenko - alto saxophone

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mufty77   User offline   16 May 2018 10:12  

Many thanks for lossless.

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