After the excellent "Fall" (released August 2016), this album, “Seed”, completes the trilogy on World War I by Freedom to Glide (f2g) which started with “Rain”
in 2013, a trilogy which is devoted to the period of hardship and the fate of soldiers in WWI. The lyrics and the anti-war message Is a very important component on this and both previous albums.
F2g consist of Peter Riley (piano, synthesizers, organ) and Andy Nixon (vocals, guitars, bass, keys) whom played together in the Pink Floyd Tribute band “The Dark Side of the Wall”. They are joined on this album as on “Fall”
by Louise Wilson (Kafkadiva) and who was also involded with the two lads In the PF project..
We can safely say that the spirit of Pink Floyd wanders around on all
three albums, but f2g has managed to create their own recognizable style on each and every album.
"Seed" opens the CD, and immediately sets
the bar very high, only a piano with crystalline notes accompanies the hushed song of Andy.
“Holding On” could be released as single and in our opinion
would go far in the charts, the same applies to “No Turning Back”, the track that follows.
The “Undertones of War” is f2g at their best. Symphonic
and Eclectic, remeniscent of their work on both previous albums
“The Right Within The Wrong” might be the “loudest” track on the album with soaring
guitars but what a message in the lyrics. “I’m not broken, but the cracks are plain to see”.
Another masterpiece “The Space between the Lines, clocks
more that 6 minutes and is a very melodic piece with Gilmouresk guitars.
An acoustic piece follows “The Only Way”, a song about the brotherhood amongst the soldiers on the front. About guilt, that one makes it out alive whilst the other one was not so lucky.
“One Day”, a beautiful piano piece with atmosperic synth questioning themselves if they ever get out of there one day?
"When That Day Comes something" beautiful song when the band wonders who was to blame, who was watching watches. So many souls left in stone, and who is shifting blame.
“Broken Road” follows and would also be a pick to easily hit the charts, but the song realy goes about the scars the soldiers took back to their homeland. Take me away from where my brother lie and where truth and
"Dear May" is about a letter the soldier held on him to be send to his wife and was hoping it should never come to that.
“Seeds of Hope” with vocals of Louise Wilson takes us back to the beginning of the album. Stolen Souls the Seeds of Hope that die in endless falling rain.
There is so much to enjoy on the album and when you listen to all the lyrics being send to your brain, one wonders if the human race will ever have the sensibility to stop any kind of war.
Review: Frans Verweij © 2019