GFreedom Team (edited by "All Around")
Benjamin Bell is an English songwriter, keyboard player and multi-instrumentalist, and the mastermind behind Patchwork Cacophony, which is his personal project. And, what a project!
Patchwork Cacophony released its debut album in 2014 and that was the first time I listened to their name and music. It was a mostly instrumental, keyboard-driven album, with nice melodic passages and some pretty interesting compositions.
Currently, 2 years later since that release, Patchwork Cacophony is back with a new album, named "Five of Cups". The official release date of the album has been set for November 7th, and as far as I know, it will be available in digital and physical format respectively.
Trying to compare these two albums, I must say that "Five of Cups" is a more “serious” and “mature” work. The compositions are better, more complexed (in a listenable way), and the overall outcome is better. Also, this time Ben is singing in most of the tracks.
The album opens with the 16-minute-long "Fairytale", is a melodic and “proggy” composition in 4 parts which offers an initial idea of what is going to follow. And what follows is a well-structured album with lots of piano/keys stuff, beautiful melodies and memorable passages.
"Fairytale" is followed by "Choices", a rather “catchy” tune, which can be used as the album’s “hit” song.
Then "Counting Chickens" comes; the only song that reminded me of Ben’s previous album.
Also, "Maybe" is a rock tune, not based on keyboards, but including a beautiful guitar work. Another “catchy” tune.
"Every Day" is one of my favourite songs from this album. A 9-minute long song, kind of melancholic, but so beautiful when ears join it..
"Chasing Rainbows" is an upbeat tune, which in my opinion is the “weakest” song of the album. It includes some nice moments, here and there, but nothing proggier.
"From the Spark" is an instrumental piano tune, which is absolutely wonderful! A dreamy and melodic composition that I can’t stop listening to!
The album’s final song is the 12-minute long "Brand New Day" which, along with "Fairytale", constitute the “proggiest” songs of the album. One of my favourites without a doubt.
So, let’s sum up.
"Five of Cups" is a really good and serious album, suitable for listeners with “open earminds”! It includes beautiful moments, some dreamy and melancholic tunes, and some rock and easy listening moments. The compositions are improved in comparison with the previous album and this is definitely a sign that Benjamin Bell is thinking, and going, forward.
All those who enjoyed Ben’s debut album should buy "Five of Cups" without a second thought. As for those who don’t know him, maybe it is time to discover him and his music.
In case you are interested, here’s Ben Bell’s bandcamp page, where you can listen to a couple of songs and buy or download the album: https://patchworkcacophony.bandcamp.com/
My rating would be 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. Kudos to Ben!