MOSTLY AUTUMN Storms Over Still Water|
Autumn Records (2005)
Mostly Autumn manage to sell out London’s Astoria and have their albums make the UK
albums chart. Previously they have been signed to Classic Rock Productions,
also home to Uriah Heep, but now they have made the brave move of going it
alone and setting up their own label.
Musically the band are oft compared to Pink Floyd, which I can hear in
some tracks notably ‘Candle In The Sky’, that features wonderful
arrangements and guitar soloing from Bryan Josh. But Mostly Autumn are no
copycats as they have developed their own musical niche of well played and
melodic progressive rock (that’s progressive as in the music progresses with
each album not classic prog like say Genesis).
The instrumental ‘Coming To…’ sees the guitar up front for a very heavy number, whilst ‘Ghost In
Dreamland’ features some wonderful keyboards from Iain Jennings, who never
drowns out the songs in waves of keys like some keyboard players like to do!
The other ‘secret weapon’ in the band are the wistful vocals of Heather
Findlay, who combines well with Bryan Josh’s vocals as well as on her own.
Anyone who loves well crafted and more importantly melodic rock music
should get this album pronto as the band deserve much more wider exposure
than they have at the moment. Like Pink Floyd, Mostly Autumn can appeal to
fans across musical genres and with a bit of luck this album will see them
Review by Jason Ritchie