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Comes to Mind

by The Hallucinant Telepherique

Second album from the Austin based Prog Rock band
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Err, Pt. 1
5:56 $0.99
2. Err, Pt. 2
4:08 $0.99
3. Death of a Completist, Pt. 1
3:27 $0.99
4. Death of a Completist, Pt. 2
2:54 $0.99
5. Death of a Completist, Pt. 3
3:29 $0.99
6. The Escape
6:47 $0.99
7. Comes to Mind, Pt. 1
1:42 $0.99
8. Comes to Mind, Pt. 2
2:30 $0.99
9. Comes to Mind, Pt. 3
6:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Hallucinant Telepherique is a progressive rock band from Austin formed by brothers Gino and Sergio Montoya. Comes To Mind is their second album of instrumental pieces.

Review excerpts for our debut album “Absorbed by the Forest”:

"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."
The Austin Chronicle

"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."
Dutch Progressive Rock Page

"Austin-based prog-rock consisting of Gino Montoya on guitar and keyboards and his brother Sergio on drums and synth pedals; akin to a sizable percentage of the style, this offers a mixed bag. In its favor; a largely instrumental framework focusing on crisp, energetic delivery instead of overzealous complexity. On the other side, the keyboard and synth frequently cultivate atmospheres reminiscent of prog’s ’70s heyday. They do avoid succumbing to egregiousness across the board, so devotees of the form shouldn’t hesitate."
The Vinyl District

"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..."
The Progressive Rock Files

"The music ranges from keyboard driven rock to jazz-rock fusion influenced passages. The diversity of selection is the modus operandi here. Because the music is instrumental it has to be interesting consistently. Most popular prog music includes tracks with lyrics and long instrumental runs so I think there is enough here for most prog lovers to find interesting and entertaining."
The Final On Vinyl



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Emilee Araujo

Prog Rock is Alive and Thriving in The Hallucinant Telepherique
Usually when someone listens to an album for the first time, they listen to it in intervals rather than all at once. The listener will go through one or two songs at a time, taking breaks in-between each as they make their way to the last— This isn’t the case for Comes to Mind. Instead The Hallucinant Telepherique’s second installment is incredibly exceptional in the fact that you will end up listening to the entire album in one take without any desire whatsoever to stop or take a break. This speaks volumes about the album as it’s so satisfyingly cohesive to the point that each track effortlessly transitions into the next.

The collection begins with “Err, Pt. 1” which serves as a bang of an introduction to the psychedelic and exploratory sound this album delves into, and ends with a relaxed conclusion in “Comes to Mind, Pt. 3”. Perhaps one of the best tracks within this compilation resides somewhere in the middle with “The Escape”. This song encompasses a completely diverse composition of instruments and experimental style which screams prog rock. It starts off with the slow and somber sound of an organ and an ever-so light tapping of a cymbal which then escalates quickly into an explosive guitar rift, followed by some trippy analog synthesizers, soft vocals and innovative jazz-like drumming that leaves you with goosebumps. The harmonious merging of all these instruments helps make “The Escape” stand out amongst an album of fantastic tracks.

Comes To Mind is exceedingly well crafted and rich with endless artistic success from start to finish. The influences of classic prog rock bands such as King Crimson, Genesis, and Pink Floyd are all prevalent; but not so much so that the focus of the album is lost in trying to imitate these groups— No, alternatively the band takes the inspiration from said music and creates a sound that is entirely their own. The Hallucinant Telepherique pays homage to these legendary ancestors of prog rock by creating music that not only keeps the genre alive, but also has it thrive and maintain relevancy in a time that needs progressive music most.

I truly couldn’t recommend Comes to Mind enough. You will want to listen this album over and over again as there’s truly nothing quite like it in today’s music. It’s as authentic of a sound as one can get.