This is the 12th studio release from the GWP and is a journey into the mind of all
things ghostly and memories of past encounters.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed making it, thanks for listening.
1.Stir of echoes 2.Hidden
Depths 3.Isolation 4.Low End Distortion
5.Overseer 6.Fairground Distraction 7.Momentary Lapse
8.The Voice 9.On A Stranger Tide
With the incredible amount
of albums released over the years from Geof Whitely project, (Arny Wheatley) will always give great quality and diversified sounds on his albums. What a surprise and dissapointment to hear that he will only release one album this year."Sempiternal" to be the only one for 2018. Better be good Arny!!
Arny is always giving something different but close to his own formula that makes him so
successful. The first track Stir of Echoes, a track
over nine minutes is most probably the darkness on this album but all notes are well played and placed. The Hidden
Depths a mature piece of music with Army's great vocals. Isolation is a short and very calm track like Arny would wanna calm us before we go one with the rest of
Low and Distortion has a slow intro but Arny takes us to a more hard rock track really well done. Overseer
is a great with the sound of the saxophone or keyboard, very calm music, probably my favourite.Fairground Distraction more of a rocky sound that make me wanna move on the
Momentary Lapse is a
wonderful piano song, very smooth and again his charming voice would make me listen to this song over and over, simply love it. The Voice is a little harder track but very well done. On a Stanger Tide is the last track of "Sempiternal" another great track of nine minutes long, the last but wonderful
music and again his voice is just perfect and will charm you.
Well saddly this will be his only release for this year but I can say
that "Sempiteral" is a fantastic nine track
album. From the first to the last note of this album Geof Whitely Project got my entier attention. I really recommand this album to everyone. Dont miss Arny's only release of the
Review – Geof Whitely Project – "Sempiternal" – by Progradar
‘Prolific’ is a word that I have to use when you talk about album releases from the Geof Whitely Project. The man
behind this musical phenomenon, Arny Wheatley, has released a bewildering number of albums over the last few years and it is a testament to his songwriting that they have remained high calibre
with no loss in quality or content.
So, imagine the shock when it was announced that ‘Sempiternal’ would be the only album release from the Geof Whitely Project in 2018?
Well, if it is going to be the solitary one, it had better be good eh?
Arny always seems to give some a little different but without straying too far from his so far successful formula and the new release is no exception, delivering powerful and
brooding tracks like opener Stir of Echoes. It’s
perhaps the most dark and serious track on the album and it really hits a nerve with me, lengthy at over nine minutes, there is no wasted space and every note has meaning. There’s a lifting of the
obfuscation with Hidden
Depths but not the serious overtones, a really mature piece of music where Arny’s thoughtful vocals work their usual magic. The signature keys and guitar sound all add
to the mix to give another melancholy and yet contemplative track. A wistful and reflective two minutes follows with the measured instrumental delights of Isolation. Like a calm
oasis, it mops your fevered brow before you carry on further on your musical exploration.
Distortion has a slow burning intro before an aggressive riff takes over and gives it a seriously edgy feel. This is a real departure from the signature sound, a more
hard rock infused track that Arny pulls off really well. That driving riff is the key to the song, powered on by the effective and dynamic rhythm section. Arny takes the vocal duties in his stride as
usual and you are left with one of the best Geof Whitely Project tracks I’ve had the pleasure to listen to. A stirring and involving song, Overseer is
measured and studied, the sax style keyboards are a real delight and instill a real grace and calmness to the music. This is a track with real passion at its core and Arny’s sparse vocal delivers
that with aplomb. Another fast paced, rockier piece, Fairground
Distraction even gets my foot tapping to the beat. I like this edgier, more vibrant direction that Arny takes on these tracks, giving them a dynamic and energetic flow
that you really engage with.
There’s a lovely piano tinged opening to the emotive Momentary
Lapse and its steady,measured pace does remind you of a certain Pink Floyd in places, Arny’s
voice even sounding David
Gilmour like (that could just be me though!). It is a moving and poignant sounding piece of music that once again shows that Arny is at the top of his game here, just check out the
instrumental section around two thirds of the way through and you’ll know what I mean. A powerfully inspiring song that I really like. Ooh another guitar riff! The
Voice isn’t as in your face as the earlier, harder tracks but has a great opening that includes a forceful riff and potent rhythm section that imbue it with authority
and stature. The verses have a more reflective feel to them but the chorus is significant and substantial and the juxtaposition between the two works exceedingly well. The final track on the album
is On a
Stranger Tide and it has feel of Floyd to its opening again, a
bit ‘Shine On..’ with its mysterious and moody synth
sound that builds slowly. A wistful and nostalgic song that has a hint of melancholy running through it. Arny’s voice is reflective and musing and the music has a touch of longing at its centre.
Swirling synths and brooding guitars abound and there’s a weighty and significant atmosphere that builds all around. A serious and meaningful track to close out this impressive album.
Well, if ‘Sempiternal’ is the Geof Whitely Project’s only
album release of this calendar year then Arny has delivered what is, in my opinion, far and away the best GWP record so far. High praise that may sound like but it is worth every word. A more
expansive and harder sound combined with some excellent songwriting, one not to be missed.
Released 26th March 2018