I was extremely happy to receive yet another space sci-fi concept album to review. This is the debut of SERVANTS OF SCIENCE, a new band from the beautiful seaside town of Brighton. The band may have been formed in late 2016, but already have an interesting personal approach to the genre.
It really intrigues me that the group have named their first album 'THE SWAN SONG'.
In fact, that is due to the concept of the story, as it talks about an astronaut floating in space, witnessing the End of the World.
The music is appropriately melancholic and atmospheric throughout the album.
STUART AVIS, the keyboardist – guitarist of the band defines the sound as 'proggy alt rock'.
Feel free to expect an authentic progressive approach to tunes designed to cater for popular tastes.
Do not expect labyrinthine parts and superfluous noodling – the key to this album's progressiveness is its atmosphere, that invites you to sit back, relax and enjoy the story.
Layers of keyboards introduce the album and then accompany this sorrowful Astronaut throughout his Lonely Trip.
At the same time, sampled sounds and effects put the listener into the mood of the story.
'PERIPHERAL' is my favourite longer track here, with its venture into the fields of rougher space rock, before it ends with an acoustic guitar that slowly morphs into nothing.
A brilliant musical soundscape!
Also, the title track impresses with its beautiful guitar intro and spacey keyboard sounds and vocals bringing back memories of 'SPACE ODDITY', and I bet Major Tom is looking down on us and smiling at the moment!
So this is the first album by 'SERVANTS OF SCIENCE'.
A welcome addition to the genre of space rock!