CD Title: One-Way Expedition
Label: Independent Release (2015)
Rating: Satisfying 3/5
This is a band that originally came together in the nineties and then fell apart only to reform in 2011 and this EP is their first release having put the band back together. They are a quartet, augmented with a couple other players that create energetic, dynamic instrumental music that incorporates any number of proggy influences. My overall impression is that these guys like to rock, but within that context they also like to flirt with complexity. Twin-guitars are the order of the day and keyboard work is minimal, incorporated into only one song. Given that the focus is on the music, it is instrumental after all, there is always something going on and it’s typically there in the form of lead guitar work in a variety of styles. All but one of the songs are shorter, roughly four-minutes, but within that time-frame Daar make some very dramatic musical change-ups. Song two for example “Cocoon” [5:10] features three distinct pattern changes. As for the other tracks expect much the same approach as each creates a heady brew of moody atmospheres and dramatic sonic landscapes all peppered by the ever-present flow of notes from the lead-guitar. This is as I mentioned the first work from the reformed group, but the performance is top-notch and played confidently. I suspect guitar freaks will find much to enjoy listening to the fretwork of Daar.