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A very promising debut album.

October Tree is an American prog rock outfit headed by husband and wife team Tammy and Greg Lounsberry. The band play what is essentially a very British style of progressive rock that at times conjures up sounds that would not be out of place on albums from Pink Floyd, Mostly Autumn, Karnataka, Panic Room, Caravan, Eloy or early Wishbone Ash.

‘The Fairy’s Wing’ is a concept story (full book available from Amazon on Kindle and at the band’s website) that tells of a young woman called Alysin who has fallen in love with a bad man and who has treated her poorly, then left her with a broken heart. A gypsy fortune teller/witch tells her that in order to cure this affliction and to get him back, she must steal the wing of a fairy and then use it in a spell. The witch teaches Alysin the spell and the young woman visits the Fairy Tree where she captures a fairy and rips off one of it’s wings whilst chanting the spell. Too soon she realizes that the witch has tricked her and that she has murdered this magical creature for her own ends. Her crime throws up a lot of moral and philosophical questions that are then explored throughout the album and its songs…

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Strange subject matter indeed, and as such is handled by the band very deftly. Songs such as the opening trio of ‘The Fairy’s Wing’, ‘Dark Carnival’ and ‘Parallels’ which flow into each other in a trippy, ethereal way, help to draw you into the music and lyrical material. Other excellent songs to look out for are ‘Epiphanies’ with its dramatic, almost pounding, riff (pounding for this band anyway) and its ‘The King Will Come’ like guitar refrain that runs throughout the song; ‘The Ogre’ with its quirky piano and off beat drumming and ‘Mirrors’ a short, laid back track with some clever guitar work and moody vocals from Greg Lounsberry.

If you fancy giving October Tree a go then I urge you to read the story first, then you can delve in to this dark musical fairy tale that the band have constructed for us. A very promising debut album, from a band I hope will go on better and bigger things.

Ian Johnson

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