Transience - Primordial - 2003


The world of progressive music is very strange. As artists such as Steve Wilson or Radiohead are praised by english media and “cult” european music circles, other bands with Floydian legacy almost have to ask for a favour if they want to be considered outside progressive scene. If we talk about Landsend the thing is worse... they come from America!... even worse!... they come from the USA!. Well, USA hasn´t a gothic period and they didn´t receive the Roman Empire´s cultural legacy or Greek philosophy, but... is there any law forbidding high quality US bands?. People accept progressive bands coming from exotic countries such as Indonesia, but when a high skilled band comes from USA it seems like they are green dogs. And we must have in mind that the best progressive band nowadays comes from USA (Djam Karet).


Well, forgive me for all this “rap”... I only wanted to introduce you the new reincarnation of Landsend under the name Transience. Because of personal circumstances, the band decided to have a break and only the keyboardist Fred Hunter wanted to continue the musical endeavor, joining his old mates. Technology supplies those harmed by the distance, so the album has been recorded by musicians who lives very far among them.

The album consists of nine tracks that explores crystalline, very fragile and delicate ambient's, with a slight Pink Floyd´s aroma. In some webzines where Radiohead is considered a progressive band, Marillion is considered as an influence in the music of Transience, but I don´t see that influence. I only see, from time to time, an approach to light Canterbury sounds and some melodies with BJH influences. There´s no room for regressive rock in “Primordial”... but also there´s no room for long experimentations. Anyway listen to the atmospheres, Mark Lavalle´s imaginative percussions, Steve Ades exquisite sax, or the hypnotic atmospheres inside “Riding the iron rooster” (9:35) and tell me if this is good prog or not.

And that´s not the only track. The different keyboards shades in the seemingly simple “A stones throw from nowhere” (9:04), with a long and Floydian guitar solo played by Francisco Neto; the cold feeling plenty of industrial beauty inside “Blurring the margins” (4:27); or the experimental “Blurred beyond recognition” (9:09), make this album a worthy continuation of Landsend´s career and a very interesting album itself.

The only weak point is the production.. the instruments sound very well but sometimes the voice sounds in background. Having into account that the album has been recorded from different places, being Fred the compilator (hey, this is not an U2 or Pink Floyd album), the result is very good.

If I didn´t convince you yet, the album also has.. six unreleased tracks in MP3!. More than an hour of music (the track “Aquadream” lasts around thirty minutes) maybe more ambient– note that Transience is a keyboardist´s project- but also very interesting. In short, more than two hours of music.


I don´t know if Fred read my review of the first album at old progVisions when I wrote that an extremely relaxing second album could be boring. But I consider this album a Landsend´s album more than a Fred´s solo album. It´s not as good as albums such as “Terra Serrarum” but it deserves a good rate. And yes, it´s made in USA.

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Alfonso Algora - September 2003 -   - Cyclops