‘Evidence’ is the 13th album by Danish band TAYLOR’S UNIVERSE, and the second one released in 2013. Once more Robin Taylor, composer, guitar player and multi-instrumentalist, manages to pull it through and to produce a record of great quality.
His main collaborators, saxophonist Karsten Vogel and drummer Klaus Thrane both contribute here, though new keyboardist Thomas Thor Viderø Ulstrup impresses, especially with his work on ‘Forever and a Day’. Some sporadic vocals can be found here by Louise Nipper, but overall this is an instrumental record; one that keeps your attention alive until the end with all the changes and different moods.
This time the band have decided to go for the 4 longer song album structure, which suits them quite well. Most defining characteristics of the album are the predominant major scales and the lengthy sax and guitar solos, all well placed and skilfully performed. At the same time, there is a more relaxed approach to composition. Nothing is forced here, as there is no pressure to fit in as many parts as possible. That makes it easier for the listener to chill out and follow the flow of the music.
The first song here, ‘Buildings’, is also the longest one, almost reaching the 15 minute mark. Towards the middle, there are some vocoder vocals that serve as a separation between the parts of the song, with part 2 characterised by alternating guitar and saxophone solos, which add a touch of jazz prowess. Later on, the song goes into a more energetic mood, reaching an ambient finale.
Red Afternoon starts in a more relaxed way, but soon leaves enough space for extensive soloing.
Marie Marolle is a childish name for ladybird, and one can easily imagine this particular ladybird’s adventures in some enormous garden. There is some darker atmosphere here, which reminds me of STEVE HACKETT’S personal work.
‘Forever and a Day’ completes the record in a more up-tempo mood. The battle between guitar and saxophone rages on, not to mention the great keyboard solos.
All in all, ‘Evidence’ is a must for friends of great instrumental music – but not only. Any fan of good progressive rock will find something here of interest. The album has already got the praise it deserves in progressive music circles. Hopefully, more music fans will find here the ‘Evidence’ that Taylor’s Universe have created a magnificent album!