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There Are No Ordinary Moments
Ovrfwrd's fifth studio album, "There Are No Ordinary Moments," marks yet another milestone for this talented four-piece instrumental prog rock band from Minneapolis. Interestingly, this release was brought to life through a Kickstarter campaign, a testament to their dedicated fanbase. This crowdfunding approach is something we anticipate becoming more common for progressive bands, and rightly so.
At Prog Radio, where we favor the melodic and accessible spectrum of prog rock, our standards for instrumental bands are actually higher than “normal” bands. It's not just about the skill of the musicians; the music must be compelling and engaging, often a challenging feat without the presence of lyrics and vocals. Ovrfwrd, however, meets this challenge with aplomb in their latest album.
If you’re one of those who tends to shy away from instrumental albums, this is one of those that may surprise you.
"There Are No Ordinary Moments” transcends any need for vocals. The album offers a complete and satisfying listening experience that rivals any vocal-led album in the genre. It's a testament to Ovrfwrd's skill that the absence of a singer doesn't leave a void but rather highlights their musical storytelling prowess. If you’re one of those who tends to shy away from instrumental albums, this is one of those that may surprise you.
We're thrilled to feature several tracks from this outstanding album on Prog Radio. "There Are No Ordinary Moments" is not just a triumph for Ovrfwrd but a shining example of the heights instrumental prog rock can reach.
Jan 12, 2024
1 hr 8 min
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