Title - 'Invention Of Knowledge'
Artist - Anderson/Stolt
For those not in the know, Anderson/Stolt is a powerhaus duo combination of both legendary Yes vocalist and singer/songwriter Jon Anderson and progressive rock veteran Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic).
Having just released their collaborative album Invention Of Knowledge this past June 24th, 2016 via InsideOut Music, it has to be said that Anderson is at the top of his game here on Invention Of Knowledge. In his 70's and yet seemingly unstoppable with regard his writing, his singing, and his musical accomplishments in general, he continues to effortlessly carve out these epic songs.
Invention of Knowledge is, as those that follow him might already have guessed, a very spiritual and metaphysical album of tracks. Containing just nine songs, they takes you on a magical ride of words and music that all end up entwining your very soul with a musical loving embrace.
Highly reminiscent of Anderson's classic prog rock days from Yes, together here with Stolt the album is chock full of wildly inventive achievements. Put together by someone who really has nothing more to prove in the business, it's very evident that Invention of Knowledge is a passion project - a work of love.
Jon Anderson had this to say: "Music is always the driving force in my life. Working with such a wonderful musician as Roine Stolt made the creation of this album very unique and so we are very excited with the release of 'Invention of Knowledge'."
Roine Stolt adds: "It is not aiming at being new Yes music; just new music, modern and classical, rock and ethno, tribal and orchestrated, grooving and floating. Hopefully in the true spirit of "progressive" - leaning forward, surprising and also comforting with familiar run-arounds."
"We've been "inventing" as we go along", he adds. "Jon is an endless source of new ideas. We've been bouncing ideas back and forth for months and as a result there are probably dozens of versions of these songs. It's been a very interesting and rewarding time and the result is just insanely detailed."
Indeed, Stolt's talents as a musician and producer have risen to the task here, that's for sure. The Swedish guitarist, vocalist and composer, a major figure in Sweden's rock history, balances out the work of Anderson to near perfection. Indeed, between the two of them it's so easy to hear the 70's YES line-up doing these songs. There's just no way you can turn that off, but then again, why would you want to? Ha, but then again, if it were that classic YES, the songs would most likely have been twice as long as they are here!
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