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by Proportions

Reboot is the creative result of four musically minded spirits which have been influenced by progressive rock, jazz fusion, and other "out of the box" music. We hope you enjoy this unusual mix of influences on this part of your musical journey.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Preparing for the Dance
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2. Cardiac Rescue
4:26 $0.99
3. Mocked Sin (feat. Robert Bennett)
3:44 $0.99
4. Pentupmanium
4:42 $0.99
5. Far Side of the Sea (feat. Baba Elefante)
5:00 $0.99
6. Mellgren's Lounge
2:58 $0.99
7. Binary Star Dance
3:40 $0.99
8. Proportions
1:44 $0.99
9. Five Finger, No Discount (feat. Richard Sheehy)
3:30 $0.99
10. Reboot
4:56 $0.99
11. Falcon Exports
4:58 $0.99
12. Doom
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13. Pulsulator
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14. Toothless Fairy
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Album Notes
--All tracks by PRoPoRTIoNS--

Lennart Ståhle (Sweden) - Guitars, mandolin and Keyboards & Orchestration
Tomas Stark (Sweden) - Keyboards and Acoustic Guitar
Denis Boucher (Canada) - Drums and Percussion
Andy Kubicki (USA) - Bass, Keyboards & Orchestration

Special guests:
Baba Elefante - Bass on "The Far Side Of The Sea"
Richard Sheehy - Guitars on "Five Finger, no Discount"
Robert Bennett - Cello on "Mocked Sin"

Recorded at:
Board Potato Studio, USA, Studio Tan, Sweden, Old Road Studio, Sweden, Studio ON|Reflexion, Canada

Mixed by Chief Ear Engineer Andy Kubicki at Board Potato Studio
Mastered by Denis Boucher at Studio ON|Reflexion

Cover art by Alexis Kubicki


Reviewed by DBSilver on 11 Aug 2018

Reboot is a fusion album. Throughout the album and often-times within individual songs I hear music that contains suggestions of Mike Oldfield, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ian Anderderson (circa The Secret Languate of Birds), Gentle Giant and Taylor's Universe. To be sure, there is a lot of prog in this release but at most it is 40-60 mix blend. To me - the most consistant kinship in this music is to the sound of of Return to Forever.

While PRoPoRTIoNS consists of 4 fine musicians, on this ablum they do not deliver the kind of pryo-techniques one recalls form Olympic Gold Medalists DiMeola-Clarke-White-Corea. You should read this as a description not a critique. The compositions are strong, the musicianship is first rate, the recording/mixing is excellent and Reboot is a 2018 must have certain to receive multiple revisits if you are a fan of the referenced bands.

The method of composition and recording is described as "any member of the band sends a rough demo to the others, and leave them free to add whatever they want. The basic structure has an originator, but the end result is a work between the four members". I think this makes Reboot a particularly notable achievement. PRoPoRTIoNS are certainly not the first band to have composed and recorded in this way and it has become an increasingly practical, cost effective and popular method of collaborating. But to date I have not heard a better example of this technique; where the final product sounds this cohesive.

There are, of course, songs I like more or less than others on Reboot,
Cardiac Rescue, Mocked Sin, Binary Star Dance, Fiv Finger, no Discount, and Reboot are all showcase songs which together cover the breadth of music on Reboot. Check it out at the band's Bandcamp site.

This album is a solid member of my Best of Year but doesnt leap off the year in to a best of list over a spread of years (few debut releases do!) - but if this team continues to make music together they have the potential to delver a future release will rise to that level.



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Ben P Stein

Truly good new music
This is one of the best new albums I've heard in the last year. The music is at the same time exciting and subtle. The album is beautifully recorded, mixed and mastered. The compositions are excellent. I hear influences of Genesis, Gentle Giant, Bruford, King Crimson and Steve Hackett.. I really enjoy the rhythmic shifts and chord changes. within the songs . The overall sound is smooth and pleasing, yet interesting as well.