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Dreams, Myths and Machines
Retreat From Moscow
Every time I swear I won’t do any more reviews for albums from 2023, another great one crosses my path! This one would have definitely made our Top Prog Albums for 2023, had I know about it sooner.
"Dreams, Myths and Machines," the second album from Retreat From Moscow since their 40-year hiatus, brings to light the band's melodic progressive rock DNA. This album follows their comeback with "The World As We Knew It," released last year, and continues to impress with its rich melodies and well-crafted compositions. Fans of bands like Kite Parade, Galahad, and This Winter Machine will find a familiar comfort in the album's approach to prog rock – a blend of accessibility and musical depth.
The band's history, dating back to the late 1970s, adds a layer of maturity to their music. The core members – Andrew Raymond, Greg Haver, Tony Lewis, and John Harris – have skillfully combined their decades of experience with a contemporary touch.
"Dreams, Myths and Machines" is a strong offering from Retreat From Moscow, deserving of high praise. It builds on the success of their previous album and further cements their place in the modern melodic-prog rock scene.
Musically, the album is a testament to the band's ability to weave complex arrangements with memorable hooks. The tracks are thoughtfully composed, allowing each instrument to contribute to the album's overall narrative. The band members' synergy is evident in how they play off each other's strengths, creating a cohesive and dynamic sound.
"Dreams, Myths and Machines" is a strong offering from Retreat From Moscow, deserving of high praise. It builds on the success of their previous album and further cements their place in the modern melodic-prog rock scene. This album is not only a worthy addition to any prog rock collection but also a great entry point for those new to the genre. The album starts with the most accessible tracks, then gets proggier as you move along, and not a single bad track along the way, making it an ideal album to hand to someone curious about prog.
Prog Radio is thrilled to be playing several tracks from this outstanding album in our New Music rotation, even if we are a few months late to the party! If you were like me, and missed this back in August, tune in to Prog Radio to hear what you missed, then head over to Bandcamp to get your copy.