Balance EP

by Ripley

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Sven B. Schreiber Well, I always take notice spontaneously if a band lists "ABBA" among its musical influences... and I write this without any irony on my mind. However, haters of "ABBA" can calm down now, since this influence is not quite obvious on this album. Here, Colin Elsworth & friends present us with an adventurous blend of genres: They create catchy melodies typical for AOR, add some crunchy distorted guitar riffs inspired by indie/alternative rock, and package everything into symphonic rock arrangements. The result is something enchantingly new, which certainly deserves the tag "progressive". Favorite track: Broken.
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    "Much time and love has nurtured these intensely personal songs of devotion. Eighteen months of craft (and graft) is on pristine display here with Elsworthian flourishes aplenty.

    Occasional stylistic nods to Muse are taken and there's an assured subtlety at work here.

    Elsworth's fiercely principled approach pays off in colourful, harmonically imaginative ways. The guitar work bristles with a coiled muscularity. Leads snake in from unexpected angles to resolve these meticulously sculpted musical equations with elegance and (dare I say it?) balance.

    Lyrical meditations flirt with Existentialist themes and layered vocal performances are heartfelt and loaded with conviction throughout especially on the title track which read like a letter of reassurance to my childhood self."

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released March 17, 2017

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Ripley York, UK

A three piece progressive and alternate rock band hailing from York in the north of England. Drawing compositional influences from a life-long love of classic film scores fused with the delivery of a contemporary rock act, Ripley take you on a journey of creative vocal harmonies with a plethora of catchy guitar hooks and touch of conceptualism. Follow the band on their passage of discovery. ... more

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