Welcome back. arK returns from an 18 year hiatus with a new album Wild Untamed Imaginings. The state of English prog rock could not be better.
Call it old school if you must, but arK ventures into that same territory that made Tull, Floyd, Genesis, Yes, Marillion, and many others famous. Wild Untamed Imaginings is brisk and raw, hardly modern but definitely adventurous. It sounds like the band entered the studio, rubbed their musical imaginations, and simply switched the record button to On. Opener Boudicca's Chariot bristles with enthusiasm. Flagday is built upon Tony Short's clever flute, and then strikes a pop chord. Hagley steals a page from both early Genesis and Floyd while slowly unwinding with ethereal atmosphere. Then Gaia is fast and rambunctious, keeping you happy and entertained. And so goes the whole of Wild Untamed Imaginings. Replacing keyboards with flute and guitar synths, arK puts progressive rock on its collective head. Fine and deliberate, arK is welcomed back.
With arK's Wild Untamed Imaginings you can expect the unexpected, especially against modern (and English) prog rock trends. Yet, this is quintessential arK. Have they been away too long? I think so. Quite recommended.
With arK's Wild Untamed Imaginings you can expect the unexpected, especially against modern (and English) prog rock trends. Yet, this is quintessential arK. Have they been away too long? I think so.
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