CORAL CAVES merges classic Italian prog ala PFM with the rich spacey goodness of 70s Pink Floyd, but presented with youthful
vigor and optimism.
There are hints of neo-prog accessibility and a bit of
Jester’s Tear era Marillion in the instrumental pacing and feel of some tracks.
The players seem far more interested in the melody, atmosphere, and the emotional impact than they do in technical wankery or anything else for that matter.
The compositions are beautiful and authentic and original
despite the band’s love of 70s rock, they succeed in taking the
great elements of their influences without falling into the trap of worship.
They sound fresh and modern in their presentation.
Saviano has a great, strong vocal delivery in the Italian tradition
and adds his flute to a few tracks.
The keyboards are front and center, blending spacey retro sounds with modern synths and some piano and organ. Lead guitars wail throughout this album in classic Gilmour feel at times, but with original things to say, and backed by nicely handled rhythm section and acoustic guitar.
At times they rock with the grungy, garage force of Neil Young like
at the end of “Sorridi.”
Together the band has incredible instincts for melody and arrangements that keep you completely on board at all times.
They marry their music with excellent video content on their website. Coral Caves is not for shredders, tech-rock nuts or the avant lovers. But this album is a must for melodic prog lovers: anyone into Floyd, RPWL, Marillion, Kansas, PFM, should be running to grab this one. And I enjoyed comparing the cover to the Jester’s Tear
artwork—while perhaps unintentional there are some interesting similarities if you look close. A strong album that will please most lovers of Symphonic, ISP, Neo, and Crossover.