Title - 'Skywriter/Devils Door' [EP]
Artist - Nektar
For those not in the know, Nektar (German for Nectar) is an English progressive rock band originally based in Germany.
The band formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1969. The founding members were Englishmen Roye Albrighton on guitars and lead vocals, Allan "Taff" Freeman on keyboards, Derek "Mo" Moore on bass, Ron Howden on drums and artists Mick Brockett and Keith Walters on lights and "special effects".
Though the concept of non-performing bandmembers was not unprecedented (i.e. lyricist Keith Reid in Procol Harum), it was considered unusual that a third of Nektar's lineup had no role in performing or writing their music.
Throughout their early existence the band's songwriting was credited to all six members on the album sleeves, but BMI records show that the music was written by the four performing members (Albrighton, Freeman, Moore and Howden).
Mick Brockett did however co-write the lyrics with "Mo" Moore, and invented or contributed to the original album titles.
All that aside, and we now have a brand new single from Nektar to enjoy! A 3-track CD EP featuring songs from the forthcoming new album The Other Side, this lovely new release includes 'Skywriter' and 'Devils Door' - which also features an intro by Roye Albrighton!
1. 'Skywriter' (7:53)
2. 'Devils Door' (8:09)
3. 'Skywriter (Radio Edit)' (5:29)
So, what we have here is that classic 1973 sound of a prog rock masterpiece back in our lives from the unsung heroes of spacey conceptual art rock, Nektar.
With both tracks, as expected, being heavily melodic, engrained with gorgeous harmonies which float through the air like white tufts of billowing fair weather clouds, before coming to rest delicately within your ears, it may well only be a 3-track CD EP, but my oh my, what a stupendous joy it is to hear new music from Nektar.
I've listened to this new EP many times just today on repeat and always find it very satisfying. It's just one of those lovely recordings where you notice something new each time you listen to it.
Ergo, I simply am bursting at the seams now for the release of their brand new album, the aforementioned The Other Side 9and you should be too!)
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