Prog Rock Redux
Gary Craig: Yesterday Into Day
(Independent / 10 April 2021)
Prog rock meets radio friendly synth pop on this unusual and versatile release from Alabama based musician and songwriter Gary Craig.
The prog rock thread is particularly evident on Carousel of Time, the opening track, with its ELP-esque rhythmic and harmonic changes. The Hobo Song begins as a piano driven ballad with a storyteller's sensibility, strained through country rock.
His tenor is suited to the reflective and introspective lyrics, with rich harmonies on tracks like Putting On The Show, a radio rock song.
Craig keeps it interesting with a variety of moods and modes. It Never Bothered Me is an interesting throwback to 90s synthpop, with a simple driving beat underneath the string sounds. Mirrors slows it down to a folk rock song with an acoustic guitar pattern at its heart.
He comes out swinging on War Torn, a hard rock rant at the state of things. The energy and drive make it a stand-out track.
From the Artist:
"Most of the songs on this album were written in the early 90s by a younger me, but the subject matter was about time, getting older and reminiscing. I rediscovered these recordings recently, as an older me, and was astonished at how the songs' contexts really hit home today. It's as if I went back in time and wrote these tunes as a man who had already lived the life. I was so overwhelmed that I had to record them again with today's technology and a more seasoned me!"
Yesterday Into Day 1. Carousel Of Time; 2. The Hobo Song; 3. Putting On The Show; 4. Mirrors; 5. It Never Bothered Me; 6. Davita; 7. War Torn; 8. Generations
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