What does it sound like?:
This is Tony Banks’ tenth album outside Genesis, and is his third orchestral album. As the title suggests, it comprises five pieces, and the music came as a pleasant surprise to me. I initially thought it was something that wouldn’t appeal to me particularly, but in the event I was proved wrong. Four of the five pieces were composed specifically for this album, the oldest being the first, ‘Prelude To A Million Years’, which first appeared, in a slightly different form, at the Cheltenham Music Festival in 2014. As well as composing, Banks handles all the piano parts on the album. The fifteen-minute aforementioned ‘Prelude To A Million Years’ is the strongest track for me, its complex soundscapes and nuances at times bringing to mind the work of fellow Charterhouse old boy Ralph Vaughan-Williams. ‘Ebb and Flow’ is maybe the most immediately catchy listen on a first hearing, while the fifth piece, Renaissance, is an unused composition from the Genesis days, presented here as a beautiful violin showcase.
What does it all *mean*?
An interesting album that shows Banks is attempting to update and keep alive the music that originally inspired him.
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