Title - 'Giants'
Artist - Days Between Stations
For those not in the know, Days Between Stations is the creative partnership between guitarist Sepand Samzadeh and keyboardist Oscar Fuentes.
The duo came together in Los Angeles in November 2003, and named the band after the 1985 novel by Steve Erickson.
The band’s sound – Samzadeh calls it “art-rock,” Fuentes labels it “post-prog” – reflects their varied influences, as well as a shared disregard for stylistic boundaries.
Days Between Stations' debut self-titled CD was released in October 2007, on Bright Orange Records, their expansive sophomore album, In Extremis was released in 2013, and their third album Giants will be released September 21st, 2020.
The album features guest appearances from Yes bassist Billy Sherwood, who also worked on production of the band's third album, former XTC bassist Colin Moulding, who also appeared on the band's 2013 album In Extremis, and Pink Floyd backing vocalist Durga McBroom.
1. 'Spark' (16:54)
2. 'Witness the End of the World' (featuring Durga McBroom) (3:56)
3. 'Another Day' (9:38)
4. 'Goes by Gravity' (featuring Colin Moulding) (4:51)
5. 'Giants' (12:58)
6. 'The Gathering' (4:09)
7. 'The Common Thread' (7:47)
Described as a "movie for your ears" (by Billy Sherwood himself), this all-inclusive, prog rock masterpiece opens with the simply stunning, free flowing, Hammond-led opus 'Spark' (which features Sherwood on vocals), and then backs that up seamlessly with the sweepingly gracious ballad 'Witness the End of the World' (featuring McBroom), and then the mid-tempo, slowly revealing rock of 'Another Day' (again featuring Sherwood).
Up next is, especially being a huge XTC fan, one of my own personal favorites, the lush XTC-esque vocalizations and orchestrations of 'Goes by Gravity' (featuring XTC's Moulding, of course), then comes the title track, the building, euphoric storytelling (a tale of watching a loved one being struck down by dementia) of the title track 'Giants' (again featuring Sherwood), with the album rounding out on the acoustic guitar instrumental 'The Gathering,' closing o the beautiful, Peter Gabriel-esque ambiance of the magnificent and effervescent 'The Common Thread' (featuring Sherwood).
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