Pervy Perkin - 'Ink'

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Pervy Perkin - 'Ink'

Overall, 'Ink' is a promising start by a new band to the Prog arena,

One thing Pervy Perkin can't be accused of is lack of ambition. Releasing a double album with one disc entitled 'Book Of Equinox' and the other being 'Book Of Solstice', that clock in at well over the two-hour mark (housed in a fold out digi-pack complete with a twenty plus page booklet) is certainly aiming high. Not for these Spaniards the cheap and cheerful or a rough and ready low budget release, these guys mean business.

Formed back in 2011 by Alvaro Luis (guitar), Carly Pajaron (drums) and Dante (guitar) and later joined by Ugo Fellone on keyboards and lead singer Alejandro Macho to complete the line-up, PP set out with the intent to produce an ambitious Prog Rock masterpiece taking in an array of styles and moods.

As a debut album, 'Ink' is remarkable in its scope and ambition and for that PP must be applauded. The album certainly covers a myriad of styles from the Spaghetti Western-influenced 'Opening Credits' and the Gregorian Chant-infused 'Of Echoes And Reflections' and these show a band who aren't afraid to spread their wings.

Musically the album features some strong performances particularly in the guitar and keyboard department with the opening of 'Memories Of The Water' notably creating a tasteful ambience.

With two tracks clocking in at over twenty minutes, this is not an album that can be listened to casually; it requires work... a lot of work, to penetrate the complexities before some of the subtleties really show themselves. At the more basic end of the scale 'Shades Under A City Lamppost' is outstanding with its Jean Michel Jarre style opening before heading into a breathtakingly haunting piano melody that proves sometimes less can be more and those simple chord progressions overlain by a dreamy layer of synths really do induce goose bumps.

It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Some judicious editing could have been employed to cut some of the fat and at times it does feel that there are tempo changes just for the sake of it. Macho is also something of an acquired taste; at times his vocals fit the piece but occasionally they are either too low in the mix or a little on the flat side.

Overall, 'Ink' is a promising start by a new band to the Prog arena and shows that they have the ability and creativity to mix it with the big boys (with a little more work) but quite why they chose the name Pervy Perkin is anyone's guess?!

Mick Burgess

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