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by Dorety Brothers

Progadelia. Keyboard oriented prog with a few short upbeat tunes interspersed with psychedelic jams, long thematic songs and spiced with sustained guitar leads and strong vocals.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Record Keeper
5:15 $0.99
2. Aging Traveller
3:58 $0.99
3. Seaworthy
2:58 $0.99
4. Learning from the Past
5:07 $0.99
5. Silence in Winter
5:08 $0.99
6. Vacant Eyes
8:09 $0.99
7. Re-Evolution
3:36 $0.99
8. 5 X 7
4:17 $0.99
9. Silicon Swamp
5:25 $0.99
10. Eye of the Unicorn
7:55 $0.99
11. Ancients to Ahes
4:31 $0.99
12. Rest at Sea
4:11 $0.99
13. Wanderer of the Shades
4:53 $0.99
14. Hidden Track
2:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
Chris and Arthur Dorety, AKA Dorety Brothers, grace us with the album Timespan, a 13-track journey into the world of classic and modern progressive rock and avant garde, the likes of which Rush and YES would happily call their own. While those two particular influences run heavy in the course of this album, the Dorety Brothers have branched out into their own unique method of creating music that leaves much to the imagination.

Timespan opens with “Record Keeper,” and it starts off sounding dark and gothic, with eerily spoken words complimented by the chiming of a bell and the sound of thunder. It then morphs into a great intro with melodic guitar work and some nice keys. The vocals come as a shock at first, mostly because the melody of the song is lulling and the vocals come out of nowhere and seem a bit loud and abrasive. It may take a minute for the listeners’ ears to attune themselves to the vocals, as they seem to be slightly out of key and awkwardly delivered. The instrumentation is good, however, and before long the listener will begin to get into the Dorety Brothers groove. “Aging Traveler,” starts off with a slick bass line and some equally impressive drumming. Arthur’s keyboard work is quite intricate and sounds great. Chris’s vocals are harsher, and his voice cracks and wavers unexpectedly at times. He seems to perform better when he sings in a softer and more melodic way as opposed to when he attempts to be loud. The ear may take a moment to adjust to this eccentric and not wholly pleasing vocal delivery and rhythm. Likewise, “Seaworthy” includes some great guitar work and the instrumentation is solid and skillfully performed, however, Chris needs to tone it down a notch and focus on making his voice smoother when he has the urge to yell instead of sing.

“Learning From The Past” gives listeners a new aspect of the Dorety Brothers to consider. This piece starts off melodic, slow, and beautiful. The guitar work is fantastic, and the keyboarding is exceptional. This is perhaps the musical avenue this band should navigate more frequently. Chris’s vocals are much less offensive in this piece, likely because he is simply singing and not trying to blow the speakers off the wall. “Silence in Winter” begins with the relaxing sounds of running water, wind chimes, and some inspirational effects. The Dorety Brothers again surprise listeners by traversing in a whole new direction. There is a tribal feel to this piece with some excellent drum work taking place. Chris’s voice is the best it has been yet and the harmonizing is nicely done. Another exceptional offering, “Silence in Winter,” embodies much of the artistic creativity of these gentlemen.

Timespan edges onward with “Vacant Eyes,” carrying a snappy rhythm that will get the feet tapping. Chris seems to have found his groove, and the lyrics are well-written. Everything about this piece flows smoothly. “Re-Evolution” is a relaxing song that should be listened to with eyes closed in a dark room. One will get a greater appreciation for the creative inspiration of this band while listening to this track. This piece is more a journey of the mind than a song. “5 x 7” takes the album back into Chris’s louder than necessary vocals that are sometimes yelled rather than sung, but perhaps this is simply part of the charm of Timespan. For the most part, this is a melodic and skilled track that encompasses some of the best keyboarding by Arthur yet.

“Silicon Swamp” has some wonderful sound effects that bring forth vivid imagery. There is a spectral, spacey feel to this piece that is unlike anything on the album so far. Excellently composed, this is, by far, the Dorety Brothers at their best. The sound quality is fantastic and the song simply flows like liquid silk. Creative, artistic and inspirational, this track is what will endear listeners to this album. “Eye of the Unicorn” continues in this vein and there is a magical sort of feel to this piece; a sense of spirituality, cleanliness and optimism. Exceptional musicianship and excellent composition make this piece one of the stand alone tracks on the entire album. “Ancients to Ashes” carries more of a pop rhythm to it, even Beatles-esque at times. It’s a catchy tune that will become a fan favorite for the simple fact that it will make people dance. This track would have been right at home in the 60’s with the Flower Children. “Rest At Sea” features a definite Irish/Scottish vibe, and the Brothers have carried it off well. This is an offering that is perhaps a bit out of place on this album, but listeners will enjoy it so much that it won’t matter.

Timespan closes with “Wander of the Shades,” a fitting final track. It has attitude, screaming guitar work, and fantastic instrumentation. As the song ends, the listener may have to sit silently and ponder what has just been heard. This album is diverse, as it offers several different avenues of progressive rock, a touch of a tribal vibe from time to time, and a Scottish flair in parts. The Dorety Brothers are clearly skilled musicians and songwriters. Their talent is evident in every piece, although there are some issues with the vocals that should be addressed. Chris seems to perform better and more comfortably when he is simply singing in his own style. He would do well to relax into his own gentle groove and find his own unique voice without trying too hard.

The overall tone of Timespan is one of medieval magic, visionaries, and spirituality. The Dorety Brothers do a wonderful job projecting emotions and imagery into their music and this is quite a feat. Chris and Arthur Dorety were both blessed with an abundance of talent and the skill to be able to put their creativity into the form of music. The album Timespan proves that tenfold.

Review by Rhonda Readence: Review You

Our roots lie in the soil cultivated by progressive and jazz/rock bands of the late 60s and early 70s. But we've grown in the sunlight of all modern bands that still create great original music. When you listen you may hear some early Yes, Rush and Genesis, but there's a hint of U2, Pearl Jam and maybe even some Jane's Addiction.
The music is about what ever we feel at the moment, be it spontaneous or planned. It's all for fun, though occasionally there may be some political statements within the music as well as social commentary. Mostly it's music for the sake of music and music spawned by the Muses and the Cosmos. Additionally you'll hear other sounds that fit in with the world music scene. Our friend Michael Mironov has lent his hand percussion skills to two of our songs on this CD, (we have many jams with him), making this a diverse collection of songs. First and foremost, though, is the presence of the "Prog" genre.
Michael is one of our guest percussionists. Matt Grover is our main man and jam-mate for over a decade and we have Richard Berends sitting in on three tracks. Last, but not least is Joe Lauricella. He recorded the one tune he's on awhile back and we simply updated the sounds and mix for this CD.
Enjoy. If it makes you want to dance, dance. If all you want to do is space out and listen, then please do so. As the listener, you make of it what you want. If you like it, become immersed and then see us play live.
Check out Michael Mironov on CDs by Tina Maschi: "You Can't Stop the Prisoners from Singing" and "Rhythm of the Bark", which also features Chris and I. To hear Rich Berends, check out Mastermind. Matt and Joe you'll only hear here. Cheers!



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