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Rabbit in the Vestibule

by Half Past Four

Progressive Rock at its best. Unusual and humorous lyrics, complex time signatures, pronounced and magnetic keyboard and bass arrangements and pulsating guitar solos. "the crispy cream of proggy goodness."
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1. Missing Sevenths
2:37 $1.25
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2. Johnny
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3. Poisoned Tune
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4. Southern Boogie
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5. Twelve Little Words
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6. Underwater
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7. Lullaby
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8. Strangest Dream
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9. Biel
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10. Dwayne
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11. Salome
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12. Bamboo
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13. Rabbit
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
For wholesale inquiries, please email: "info at half past four dot com".

The concept of Rabbit in the Vestibule came after much brainstorming and deliberation. The idea was to create the circumstance of a wandering listener randomly encountering rooms in which different activities or adventures occur. To contextualize the songs so they matched the intent of the album art, we added the sounds of doors opening and closing before and after each song.

One definition of Vestibule is an anteroom whose only purpose is to contain doors that lead to other rooms. We wanted to invite the listener into our vestibule and ask them to venture beyond the doors into the world of each song. The catalyst of this activity is the Rabbit. Rabbits are motivated mainly by instinct and randomness and the idea of a person following a rabbit into each song made sense in that the impulse to keep listening to the album would also be an instinctual and random action. The album art was created by Tamila Rostmoff. She created a long hallway at the end of which there is a small boy who is about to step into a wide open random space. The doors along the hallway are open and shut suggesting that he has explored in some of the rooms. Activity in some of them still progresses ie: the paper plane flies out of one, in flames. In the foreground there is the shadow of a rabbit suggesting the boy is being watched.

The back of the album has the opposite perspective – that of the boy looking back on the rabbit suggesting an interaction- a knowledge that each exists and that something momentous had happened in this space. Tamila captures the mood, motivation and off- kilter world of what we are trying to achieve in the music therefore creating a dynamic entry point and visual companion to the music inside.

The music itself was written over the span of a seven year period. Some songs were remnants of the first incarnation of Half Past Four as a Russian band and the lyrics were translated into English and melodies slightly altered to accommodate Kyree’s voice. The majority of the songs were composed by the current band, however, and the arrangements were worked out in live shows over several years of gigging.

Included in the studio were Sahra Featherstone, Kyree’s talented niece who played flute and violin on a couple of tracks and old HPF band friend Ashot Gigoran who lent his saxophone expertise to Southern Boogie. The tracks were recorded in several locations including the former drummer’s music production school and Les’ parent’s basement, as well as Les’ former employer’s studio and the band’s rehearsal headquarters. It was mixed and mastered by Kyree’s longtime friend and compositional/engineering genius, Jono Grant.

Rabbit in the Vestibule was produced entirely by Half Past Four.


Below is a sampling of several live performance and album reviews we have received in the past year. We have many more which are all available for your perusal at http://www.halfpastfour.com/media/reviews.html :

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Hello Half Past Four,
I had a moment to check out the first video up on your site. You guys and gals have a lot going on! I liked it. The diminished passages were interesting and I particularly liked the intro lick in the guitar solo.
Nice job, good luck with everything!
Regards, DZ
A recent email from Dweezil Zappa

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Quirky art rock taking its cues from the likes of Frank Zappa and Gentle Giant and blending it with a tad more mainstream-oriented strong melodic themes is what is offered up on this debut production by Canadians Half Past Four. Innovative in approach, sophisticated and challenging numbers fill up this disc from start to finish.
Olav M Bjornsen
Progressor.net
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Intelligently composed songs with tricky meter changeups and strong melodies...Kyree Vibrant is the clear star of these proceedings, with a voice that can be gentle and seductive as well as strong and commanding..."Biel", at just past eight minutes, demonstrates the band's potential for epic arrangement and instrumental prowess to match Vibrant's charisma...As Rabbit in the Vestibule is the group's debut, it's fair to expect even greater things next for this very promising contemporary progressive act.

Raymond Benson,
Progression Magazine
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….The style is hard to describe since there’s really no restrictions or boundaries on the direction. This allows the band to explore, sometimes within the same song. In fact, each song goes through many changes from melodic to complex and back. Never the same combinations. It’s almost as if the band, while having influences, set them aside and created 13 tracks that make up the album.
My favorite tracks are opener “Missing Sevenths”. “Strangest Dream”, “Biel” and closer “Rabbit”. I always come back to these songs every time I want to be taken on a surrealistic journey with Half Past Four. I would strongly recommend the listener to set aside the 63 minutes without distractions, preferably with headphones to experience the magic.
Half Past Four and its debut, Rabbit In The Vestibule, shows that modern progressive rock bands can still be inventive and not pigeon-holed in any of prog’s sub-genres. This is by far one of the better releases from 2008, that truly needs more exposure outside their native land.
Ron Fuchs
www.prognaut.com

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…Not only is this startlingly good music but the band are genuinely proud of their prog heritage and the acts that have influenced them… Quirky but accessible. Tricksy yet polished. Furrow-browed musicianship with cheeky humour. Art rock presentation powered by punk energy. Prepare for a roller coaster of styles and influences, free spirits playing with immense poise and precision…
Jez Rowden,
Dutch Progressive Rock Page (DPRP)
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…Rabbit in the Vestibule is a hearty album filled with lots of meat, no fat or fillers. This is not your usual fanfare of prog, it’s a unique blend of Jazzy Prog, with loads of other elements mixed in for good measure…
Nick Katona
Power of Prog

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As a reviewer, every once in a while I come across a CD that is so unique and original it is difficult to categorize. I have to say Rabbit In The Vestibule is one such recording…The music is complex enough to satisfy hard core progressive rock fans yet accessible enough to have tremendous cross over appeal for those leaning towards pop and rock. Fans of classic 70s progressive icons like King Crimson, Genesis and Jethro Tull will appreciate the band's angular yet melodic approach to songwriting. The lyrics have a quirky sense of humour and the music has a certain playfulness that fans of Frank Zappa will appreciate…
Jon Neudorf
Sea of Tranquility

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You’ve got to see them live if you get a chance: great music, screen projections, lights (even on their fingers in the opening), masks, and a dynamic stage presence, especially from Kyree Vibrant (lead vocals), who works out through the entire show, confidently singing in several genres.
Eduard Antoniu
International Reviewer on USAprogmusic.com

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…Whatever you call it, you might find some parts of this familiar, but it’s a safe bet you’ve never heard anything exactly like it…
Gary Hill
Music Street Journal

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…one thing is certain, the band has very much a style of their own….A band that most of all shows that progressive rock music has many faces! Most of all a face with a smile on it. Thumbs up!
Henri Strik
Background Magazine

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This young Canadian band named Half past Four did an excellent job here on their first album named Rabbit in the vestibule from 2008. They gathered in this album almost all the greatest ideas must has an eclectic band from today, the result is a brilliant trip through eclectic music with a little avant guarde in places and for those who are open minded and want something different then usual prog music. The imagination of these 5 musicians is top notch, is quite rare for me to listen to such challenging and intelligent music from newer bands, but as is with Rabbit in the vestibule everything is possible, impressive album. The musicianship is awesome, from crunchy guitar tones with a lot of time signatures and a typical sound movements to some most amazing vocal parts I've come across lately in progressive rock, the magnificent voice of Kyree Vibrant. She has a wide registered with a great range, from mellow to more rougher in places when pieces needs it, she make a truly solid vocal arrangements here, super on some pieces like Johnny, Southern Boogie, Biel, Bamboo or Rabbit she covers almost every zone of her voice, delivering some very catchy and interesting moments, great voice. The rest of the pieces are as well very good, 2 instrumental tracks are here one of them hard to forget with a lot to offer - Lullaby, shows how talented and good this band is. What is really top class here is the keyboards of Igor Kurtzman, he knows when and how to use this instrument to make some truly amazing moments here, very interesting and not very often I heard this kind of approach to keys, quite eclectic after all. So an band to watch in the future because they are among the best in last years, very talented with solid and interesting ideas.4- 4.5 stars, an excellent addition to my collection and to anyone who gets this album, he won't regret it for sure.
B. Olariu
ProgArchives

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Serendipity
I'm not exagerating... I had the grace of knowing the work of this band by this Rabbit in the vestibule. What I can say? Simply that it's worth knowig and spread their work ahead.
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René

fresh
Half Past Four sounds very fresh. It sometimes looks as if Martha & The Muffins became a progressive rock-band, playing Gentle Giant and Echolyn music without ever having heard that kind of music. There's also much confident in the way the band performs, maybe because of Kyree Vibrant's long time experience as filmmaker/actress/singer-songwriter. Rabbit In The Vestibule is an exciting journey, created by a band that knows how to create surprising short miniatures as well as more epic like tunes.
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Wilton Said...

Great Indie Prog
I've been following the band for a few years now and they've finally released their CD and I must say it was worth the wait. It great to have their wacky crazy brand of prog in a good recorded format. If you like your music a little twisted and played with great technical skill, check it out.

Wilton
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