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Geof Whitley Project – Outlaw Of Our Time
The Geof Whitely Project continues to produce melodic, haunting tunes on the excellent Outlaw Of Our Time.
Now, I’ve been promising to review this album for quite a while, why haven’t I? I hear you shout! Well the simple fact is that it has been in the CD player in the car for quite a while. This may not be ‘top down’ driving music, but it is certainly an ‘easy’ album to listen to as it is a musical ‘journey’ in its own right!
From the upbeat keyboard, (with a slightly 80’s influence dare I say?), to the longer progressive workouts of Blind Faith, Gate to the West and my favourite, Transatlantic Ghosts, not forgetting the quite surprising rocking guitar introduction to the track Meditation! Now only GWP could come up with that!
Excellent musicianship throughout, challenging lyrics, telling a tale but giving the listener the ‘room’ to reach their own conclusions! Plenty of progressive influences, but as usual, don’t expect bombastic, full on, wall to wall melotron and other progressive rock clichés, that isn’t the GWP way.
Two excellent instrumental tracks are on the album, Ricochet and Slow Motion. Slow Motion is worth a mention in a little more detail, being a multi layered electronic instrumental, chilled out and relaxing until it moves up a notch into a slightly higher tempo, while still retaining the relaxed mood and melodic sway. Probably reminiscent of the likes of Code Indigo on the Chill album!
So what about these longer tracks, well they’re longer, but still keep the GWP ‘ethos’, no meandering pointless solo’s, just songs that feel that they are the right length, telling their tale, bringing you into the GWP world.
There are a lot of subtle touches on this album, I’m not going to try and list them, but each time I sit with the headphones on, (not in the car I might add), I seem to pick up something else, a sound or passage that I’d not noticed before. For me this album marks the continued evolution of an excellent band/project and is well worth a place in anybody’s collection, prog fan or not, there is plenty here for everybody! Simply marvellous!
Paul Baker 03 April 15
Review: “Outlaw of our time” by The Geof Whitely Project
It is perhaps ironic that ‘Fibreoptic’, the opening track on ‘Outlaw of our time’ by the Geof Whitely project, refers to our obsession with becoming the fastest at everything. This, coming from the prolific brainchild behind the GWP, Arny Wheatley, who knocks out albums in the time it takes most of us to choose a new pair of shoes. However, whilst the previous two albums (“Pathfinder” and “Just a flash in the pan”) hinted at the fact that Arny has really discovered ‘his sound’, this album not only establishes that sound to completion but it also brings together his strongest set of songs to date.
The instrumental ‘Ricochet’ has real televisiual appeal, ‘Gate to the West’ features a strong guitar sound that is reminiscent of Gary Moore’s Parisienne Walkways’, whilst ‘Slow Motion’ has tones of Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’ hidden in its depths. However, Arny manages to mould these tipping points into something else entirely; developing from album to album with new influences. One of the highlights of the album (“Siren of the Sea”) is, to all intents and purposes, a folk song - both in terms of lyrical content and song structure.
Easily, his most accessible work thus far, it moulds the prog and synth-driven rock for which Arny has rightly become known with a sure-footed pop sensibility. There is mainstream crossover appeal in songs such as “Soulless night driver” which merges a Kraftwerk-style ‘Tomorrow’s World’ riff with Bowie-esque vocal stylings and an apocalyptic lyrical landscape.
Inhabiting the musical space between ‘Public Service Broadcasting’ and ‘Transverse City’-era Warren Zevon, this album sets the blueprint for the GWP’s next albums and, you can rely upon the fact that the next one, won’t be too long in coming. A really strong album, that deserves to be heard by the widest audience possible.
Gary Wilcox March 2015
Geof Whitely Project – Just A Flash In The Pan
Following on from the excellent ‘Pathfinder’, ‘Just A Flash In The Pan’, once again moves the sound of Geof Whitely Project forward. The powerful opening of ‘Exhibition of Life’, shows how the sound is developing, but it soon settles back into melodic, flowing music that GWP are the central core, (at least to this reviewer), of the GWP sound
As with Pathfinder, the album feels ‘complete’ a real package, storytelling lyrics, check out ‘Ninja 9’, the dark but beautiful instrumental ‘Aftermath’.
Each track has its own tale to tell and has its own ‘place’ on the album. Stand out track for me amongst a delightful set of gems is probably ‘At The Crossroads’ with lyrics that I’m sure a lot of us can relate to, gentle melody with wonderful ‘breaks’, it just ‘grabs’ you and asks you to listen.
Once again an album of contrasts which blend together to give a wonderful soundscape of music, something for everybody, excellent listening, more please!
Paul Baker - Sounscapes
Geof Whitley Project – Pathfinder
Pathfinder is probably the most ‘complete’ album by the Geof Whitely Project thus far! A palate of musical textures and soundscapes blended but never conflicting. Musical twists and turns throughout the album but the title track and the ‘haunting’ Conscience, probably my favourite GWP track, are simply marvellous, with splendid texture and depth. There are ‘darker’ moments amongst the ‘light’, ‘The Real Me’ does get potentially personal!
Subtle guitars, majestic when required by the song, blended with intricate and by turn powerful keyboard sounds, engaging lyrics, foot tapping moments a plenty, (if you don’t start humming along to ‘Never Ending Story’ there is no hope!).
In short, a varied but consistently good set of songs, blended together in to an intriguing and engaging listen, more please GWP!
Paul Baker - Soundscapes
Geof Whitley Project – Hand 2 Eye Co Ordination
Hand 2 Eye Co Ordination is an ambitious album from Geof Whitely Project, each song has its own merits, the downside is that this album is a mosaic of musical ideas and textures that maybe do not always blend easily into the complete picture.
However, don’t let this reviewer put you off, each song does work within its own space. The dark, somewhat sinister opening of ‘The Cube’, the gentle melody of ‘Bleeding Hearts’, driving piano of ‘Be Seen But Not Heard’, (reminiscent of Billy Joel maybe?), the lyrics here help to build a picture, a strength of all the songs assembled here.
The instrumental ‘H2O’ hints at another possible avenue that GWP are more than capable of exploring, a jaunty happy piece that somehow conjures up images of dripping water! (Well at least for me!). ‘Running on Empty’ has a reflective feel and the lyrics could apply to just about anybody!
In short, Hand 2 Eye Co Ordination is worth exploring, a collection of well written songs with plenty to enjoy for any rock or progressive rock fan, more please GWP!
The album is very 'consistent', good sounds, solid all round feel to the songs. Difficult to put into words, but it just feels 'right'. Powerful yet not metal, inspiring but pretty 'laid back'... All the bits fit musically...more please GWP!
Paul Baker - Soundscapes
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