The Merlin Bird | Reason and Rhyme

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Reason and Rhyme

by The Merlin Bird

Progressive rock that is atmospheric, joyous and - above all - unique. According to ProgScape, "The Merlin Bird sound like no other band. Really." They rated our debut CD as "a thing of wonder" and "virtually a must have". Enjoy.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rhyme to Reason
4:48 $0.99
2. ... the calm before
0:34 $0.99
3. The Father of Storms
4:14 $0.99
4. Puccini Garden
2:24 $0.99
5. Beholder's Eye
4:04 $0.99
6. Reason to Rhyme
1:27 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Based in Melbourne, Australia, The Merlin Bird play a highly original brand of progressive rock. Their work contains elements of rock, folk and classical music, combined with lyrics that explore the esoteric, the other-wordly and the downright unfathomable.

Their debut CD Reason and Rhyme has been described by press and industry sources as "sparkling with originality", "a thing of wonder" and "virtually a must have".

Their live shows, which combine juggling, masks and storytelling are fast earning them a reputation as a genuine one-of-a-kind act. Indeed, the sound engineer at Melbourne's famed Esplanade Hotel noted that they were the most original band he'd seen in the last two years. (Not bad from someone that makes his living mixing for the city's top bands night after night!)

In order of height and presumed sanity, The Merlin Bird are:

Shakira Searle (vocals)
Geoff Dawes (keyboards and vocals)
Dave O'Toole (guitar)
Dylan Stevenson (bass and vocals)
Dan Moloney (drums and absolutely no vocals whatsoever!)

The band describe their sound as being like Jethro Tull meeting a bad-tempered Enya in an Irish pub owned by Radiohead, as sung by three classically trained singers who have somehow ended up in a rock band that listens to King Crimson. If truth be told they can't really figure it out themselves.

The reviewers of this world seem to agree. Local music paper Beat noted that "comparisons are tricky to make, which has got to be a good thing in an age when too many bands sound uncannily like someone else." Renowned progressive website ProgScape stated that "The Merlin Bird sounds like no other band. Really."

Welcome to the journey ...



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Good CD with very interesting female vocals.
I really liked this CD, particularly the female vocals which were quite haunting in places.

Carl F. Green

I bought this CD because it was cheap and sounded like it might be interesting. I did not anticipate how incredible it is! This is a fabulous CD! Just a note: I'm not the kind of reviewer who will give 5 stars to any album they like. A good album warrants 3 stars, 4 if it is really great. I reserve 5 stars for those few albums that just blow me away. And that's what this one did. I can't stop listening to it. It literally gives me chills. This could be a huge seller if more people heard it/knew about it. I lent it to a co-worker the other day and she said she was going to order a copy that night. The Merlin Bird really don't sound much like any other band, but the general mood reminded me a bit of October Project (another band that not enough people heard of).