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Review - Prog issue 12

Arguably the foremost print media journal devoted to progressive rock, "Prog" featured this write-up in issue 12.

Hailing from Australia, The Merlin Bird go back to the bush with a folk-inspired blend of prog that greatly exceeds any assumptions one needs more than two people to make sweet music.  Geoff Dawes and Dan Moloney leave few stones unturned when it comes to their sound, managing to create a rich and fantastical musical landscape between the pair of them that has more than just a smidgen of Jethro Tull about it.

 "Reason ..." also has a little aborigine about it with its outback harmonies and the expectation of hearing a didgeridoo or two, which sadly never materializes. 

Their eclectic sound is further enhanced by some rather beautiful female vocals that come courtesy of Beck Sian Robson, who is apparently cousin once removed to Kate Bush.  The link isn't quite as tenuous as it seems once her dulcet tones wrap themselves around the six tracks on this disc.  While she's not quite up to the diminutive Brit's standards, her warm vocals add character and depth to Dawes'.  With a full length album on the horizon, Reason and Rhyme is just a taster of what the twosome are capable of, but it's a rather tantalizing one nonetheless.

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