ALL OVER EVERYWHERE - Inner Firmaments Decay

All Over Everywhere - Inner Firmaments Decay

8 songs
42:22 minutes
***** ****


In the recent past, Dan Britton from Maryland USA has treated us with amazing progressive rock from his bands Deluge Grande and Birds And Buildings. This time he shares songwriting credits with Trinna Kesner, who comes from a more classical background and has a keen interest in ancient folk music. My first thought was that this would be some kind of Seventies folk rock la Magna Carta and Renaissance, so I was rather dubious at first. But All Over Everywhere didn’t take long to convince me with their enchanting nature. Although only two people wrote the music and lyrics, there were ten people involved in recording the eight songs on which the traditional rock instruments are surely present but take a subdued role to the more classical viola, violin, cello, piano, accordion, clarinet, flutes, zither and dulcimer.

Unlike in Mr Britton’s other bands, you won’t find any epic tracks, apart from the ten minute long Gratitude which closes this captivating masterpiece. Although the remaining songs are all between three and seven minutes long, you shouldn’t expect anything catchy from this visionary collective. Instead we get short compositions with lush arrangements and the wonderful voice of Megan Wheatley that have the ethereal magic of psychedelic fairytales.

It would be pointless to single out any specific tracks, instead you should prepare yourself to experience the good forty minutes of music as an unprecedented journey into yet unknown sonic realms. Those who rely on commercial radio stations for their entertainment will certainly be at a loss, but everybody else will come up with their own parallels to define this unique record. In my case, it’s the experimental albums In Camera (Peter Hammill) and Rock Bottom (Robert Wyatt). Even though All Over Everything have a female singer, the same formula applies by successfully combining avant-garde spirit with incredibly redeeming song material.

Inner Firmaments Decay is definitely one of those albums that will not leave you indifferent. I have fallen quite instantly for the archaic charm, courtesy of a very analogue sounding production, and the amazing mix of ancient instruments with the atmosphere (mellotron!) of Seventies prog rock. Fans of early progressive music who like a healthy challenge will definitely be rewarded by this intriguing debut album.

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