1 The Dream (24:21)
2 Mirrorcloud (8:46)
3 Season of Eve (8:32)
4 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Part II (8:51)
5 There's a certain Slant ogf Light (2:21)
6 Ellipsis (17:25)
ii) In Focus
v) Twilight Dance
It is more traditionally symphonic than Finisterre,
and not as highbrow as either Finisterre or Aries.
It is also quite different from the third Hostsonaten album, Springsong, which is entirely instrumental and more
tilted to the folky celtic side of things, an area only fleetingly
Hostsonaten is clearly influenced by Eris Pluvia and
their groundbreaking early 90s album at the dawn of
the Italian prog revival, but It also Harkens back to
the golden era of the 70s, while presenting an original,
unified musical concept.
First of all, nothing is either weak or boring here,
even the longer tracks, "The Dream" and the closer,
The former starts the CD off with alternating classically
inspired instrumental movements, gently melded
male/female vocals, recorder backings, lusciously
plodding mellotron themes, and memorable melodies
both of a vocal and instrumental nature, a cornucopia
of delights for symphonic prog fans.
"Mirrorcloud" is a simply gorgeous heavily mellotron
dominated song with a lead guitar theme to die for.
It's very mystical sounding and also includes some
of the aforementioned recorder and other gentle wind
instruments in the break.
It is probably the best track on the disk, along with
the folk-influenced "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" Part 2.
"Season of Eve" also has many beautiful moments.