Elias "ProgFather" Metallinos
After YUKA & CHRONOSHIP’s debut album “Water reincarnation” (2011) and the wonderful fluid landscapes in which we plunged into meeting some amazing blue music worlds, we are resurfacing ourselves and we are encountering another great musical challenge that, in brief, comes to grips with dinosaur eggs, earth laws and celestial phenomena.
So, peeling the shell of their second musical egg, we discover an artistically multi-colored painted creation where colors and shadows highlight what the creator deeply desires to offer!
Listening to this piece of work analytically, the chronoship of Yukas knock us down in a musical cruise where the sonic harbors you meet remind you of CAMEL, OZRIC TENTACLES until DREAM THEATER soundscapes. Amidst the whole sonicscape, captain Yuka has already looked after to offer us a great palette of sounds! Further, the vocals in the album bring to mind the Manga cartoons and maybe some of you may consider it as the Japanese seal of Yuka Funagoshi while others may dissapoint about their final contribution in the whole music outcome. I will be in favor of the first opinion above, being flexible anyway.
Every song presents a different image of life. In songs like “Blue Astronaut Helicopter”, for example, the electronic voices, wrapped with a great Japanese accent, reminded me of songs like “Space lab” from KRAFTWERK.
Concerning the cover of “Dino Rocket Oxygen”, I don’t know if Yukas adore YES but they almost copy the logo and a YES-like cover while they seem to have small similarities at a song level with the symphonic prog giants. As a conclusion, I’d like some more cover imagination for this great piece of music they execute!
I am more than convinced that this second album of YUKA & CHRONOSHIP is a great progressive rock piece of work in today’s scene. A modernized 70’s sound with intense fusion elements and brushstrokes of cartoon-like manga vocals! An absolutely balanced album with no space for jabbers here, with no unnecessary makeups, with a great intro, some great soli and some great musical concepts developed with harmony; set exactly so that the musical mosaic of each song is being presented with the best possible way.
I don’t know if the chronoship of Yukas might take you a journey back in time to examine more closely if the dinosaur made the egg or the opposite; only thing is, I am sure that this contemporary prog journey is as enjoyable as possible! Your prog ticket is waiting for you!