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What We Really Like in Stories
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What We Really Like in Stories

The Bardic Depths

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UK

The Bardic Depths return with their third album, "What We Really Like In Stories," a nuanced exploration into the minds and tales of various renowned authors. The album has eight tracks spanning 45 minutes with a thematic coherence that binds the individual pieces, each song paying homage to literary figures such as Alan Moore, Willa Cather, and the iconic duo Lewis and Tolkien, among others. The singles that we’ve been playing here on Prog Radio, the title track, ‘What We Like In Stories,’ and 'You’ve Written Poetry My Boy,' inspired by Ray Bradbury, set the tone for the record.

Musically, "What We Really Like In Stories" upholds the band's reputation for crafting detailed, harmonious arrangements that evoke a sense of nostalgia while maintaining a fresh edge. The ensemble of Dave Bandana, Gareth Cole, Peter Jones, and Tim Gehrt remains unchanged from their previous release, which you hear in the continuity and tight musicianship. Their collaborative synergy shines across the album, blending lush vocals with dense, melodic instrumentation.

The Bardic Depths

"What We Really Like In Stories" upholds the band's reputation for crafting detailed, harmonious arrangements that evoke a sense of nostalgia while maintaining a fresh edge.

The album does not confine itself to the traditional boundaries of a concept record but instead opts for a cohesive theme that runs like a thread through the diverse narratives. Each track is an individual tribute to storytelling and the profound impact of literary works on human expression and thought. The variety in composition reflects the unique styles and periods of the authors celebrated, creating a rich tapestry of sound and emotion.

"What We Really Like In Stories" is a compelling homage to the art of storytelling and its profound impact on the human experience. The Bardic Depths have once again demonstrated their ability to weave complex themes into their music, offering listeners not just songs, but stories that resonate with depth and emotion.

Tune in to Prog Radio to hear tracks from the album, and we’ll be featuring two new songs in next week’s “What’s New Proggy Cats?” show.

4 Stars

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Mar 7, 2024
45 min
You've Written Poetry My Boy • What We Like In Stories • Vendetta • Whispers In Space
Kevin Carmony
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