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Absorbed By the Forest

by The Hallucinant Telepherique

Progressive rock teleportation from Canterbury to Austin
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. The Main Hall
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2. Sanctuary
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3. Inciter
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4. Unobserved, Pt. I
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5. Unobserved, Pt. II
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6. What You See as the End
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7. Pishtaku
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8. The Evil Clergyman
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9. Timing Is Nothing
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Absorbed by The Forest” is the exploratory debut by The Hallucinant Telepherique, a progressive rock band from Austin TX.
This all-instrumental record teleports intense melodies with acoustic instrumentation and analog synthesis bringing back echoes of classical prog bands like Camel, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Caravan, Focus and King Crimson.
Get on The Hallucinant Telepherique and let your mind ride through the forest and further on.

The Austin Chronicle:
Progressive rock in the grand UK tradition, Absorbed by the Forest introduces Austin to its Peruvian Montoya brothers. Hallucinant Telepherique gets it right on its debut platter. Dominated by multi-instrumentalist Sergio, the duo emphasizes songcraft over flashy technique. "Pishtaku" and "The Main Hall" let analog synthesizers and tuneful guitar figures drive the sweeping arrangements forward over Sergio's one-man rhythm section. The two-part "Unobserved" (one on each side) goes for the epic jugular, part one climbing the mountain and part two rolling back down. The wordless Absorbed by the Forest avoids pretentiousness by letting melodies do the talking.

Dprp.net:
Although the curiously-named The Hallucinant Telepherique are a relatively new band from Austin, Texas, their approach is distinctly retro. For one thing, this is a vinyl-only release (although individual tracks are available to download) and for another they favour acoustic instrumentation and analog keyboards.

The band is basically brothers Sergio Montoya (drums, guitars, bass, keyboards and vocals) and Gino Montoya (guitar) who until recently performed as a duo under the name Montoya, with four CDs to their credit.

Sergio is responsible for all compositions and production with the familiar thread of man's ecological impact running through the album. If the premise of a North American band with a French sounding name whose members are from South America conjures up all sorts of musical possibilities, it may come as a surprise to find that this (mainly) instrumental offering has its roots firmly planted in classic British progressive rock.

Take the opening cut The Main Hall and third track Inciter, for example, with syncopated rhythms, angular guitar and jazz-infused synth that harks back to King Crimson, Gentle Giant and the Canterbury scene.

Sanctuary, and the penultimate The Evil Clergyman, are mellower offerings with the former especially benefitting from acoustic guitar, Mellotron samples, synth and piano.

Pishtaku appears to be in a similar vein, opening with a capella wordless harmonies, but it soon gets into its rhythmic, vaguely experimental stride, bringing the tribal drum sequence from Yes' Ritual to mind, along with Van der Graaf Generator.

Due to the vagaries of vinyl, the thematically-connected Unobserved I and Unobserved II close side one and open side two respectively. Part one is as you would guess (given its modest length) a pastoral acoustic guitar interlude with (sampled) flute and whilst part two adds keys and lead guitar, both pieces are informed by the early, melodic style of Anthony Phillips and Genesis. What You See as the End and the concluding Timing Is Nothing take a similar melodic path, although this time with a little more edge, evoking Camel, with the latter piece making particularly good use of electric piano, pipe organ and Mellotron as well as an Andy Latimer-esque guitar solo.

Absorbed By The Forest is certainly an engaging album, especially for lovers of old school prog, the musicianship is top drawer, and at 43 minutes it doesn't outstay its welcome. Ultimately, however, I would be hard pressed to single out specific highlights even though every track has its moments and the influences are impeccable (as the name checks in this review testify). I'm certainly in favour of the current vogue for vinyl if only for the fact that as a consequence of this album I was left with a compelling urge to blow the dust off my old record collection.

Jerrylucky.com:

Based in Texas this band is made up of the brothers Gino and Sergio Montoya. Their musical history includes four albums with their previous underground rock outfit named after the brother’s surname. Musically on Absorbed by the Forest the brothers have plunged headlong into a classic old-styled symphonic progressive rock approach that hearkens back to sounds from the mid-seventies and yet to my ears there is nothing “old” sounding about this record, and when I say record I mean vinyl. I failed to see when they emailed me that this was vinyl release which meant I had to dig out the old turntable. Given that bit of information it won’t surprise you to hear there’s forty-two minutes of music spread over nine instrumental tracks. All the right sounds are here from the general tone of the guitars to the Mellotron styled strings that show up everywhere. What few “vocals” there are take the form of melodic vocalizations rather than lyrics that are sung. Tunes like “Inciter” [6:14] deliver a nice intense angular feel while not ignoring some great melodic keyboard lines. On the other hand “Sanctuary” [7:36] is given to more of a smooth early Genesis feel. And just to drive that particular musical vibe home there’s some very nice acoustic guitar picking with flutes on “Unobserved I & II” [4:47]. You know, I loved every track here, lots of interesting starts and stops and bridging of diverse musical segments. Every tune has a great feel and obviously they all work well together delivering just enough quirky-ness to keep everything interesting. The brothers bring a real passion to their music and they have a real good feel for the prog genre. This being their first musical effort in that direction, it’s a real winner. Highly recommended


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