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Proportions' latest album, "Conundrum," released on November 15th, is a revelation for those unfamiliar with this eclectic progressive rock band. Comprising Lennart Stahle (guitars, bass, flute), Tomas Stark (keyboards, guitars, vocals), Denis Boucher (drums, percussion), Glenn Liljebald (guitars), John Eyre (guitars, vocals), and Andy Kubicki (bass, keyboards), this multi-national group has crafted an album that melds jazz fusion, prog folk, and symphonic elements into a captivating auditory experience. For many, this fifth album might be their first introduction to Proportions, and it's a journey we think they’ll thoroughly enjoy.
Proportions' "web studio" approach to music creation, becoming increasingly common, allows for a rich collaborative process despite the geographic dispersion of its members across Sweden, Canada, and the US. This method has been a constant throughout all their albums, including "Conundrum." Predominantly instrumental, the album showcases each member's technical prowess. Vocals, when present, enrich the narrative and seamlessly integrate with the rich tapestry of sounds, making for an enjoyable listen from start to finish.
This "web-studio" multi-national group has crafted an album that melds jazz fusion, prog folk, and symphonic elements into a captivating auditory experience.
Several tracks from "Conundrum" are currently featured in our New Music rotation, and we anticipate a warm reception from our audience. The album stands out for its fine balance of technical mastery and melodic composition, a hallmark of Prog Radio.
This is one of those warm, comfy albums that you'll like it right away the first time you hear it, but after a few listens, you'll love it even more.
For those new to Proportions, "Conundrum" offers an excellent introduction to their music. The album is a significant addition to their discography and highlights the depth and diversity of talent within the contemporary prog rock scene. It encourages us to continue our exploration for more hidden gems like "Conundrum" in the progsphere. We believe Proportions is poised to become a delightful discovery for those tuning into Prog Radio.
Nov 15, 2023
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