Band: Playgrounded

CD Title: In Time with Gravity

Website:  www.playgrounded.net

Label:  Freia Music (2017)

Rating: Satisfying 3/5



This is the second album from the band Playgrounded, a band originally formed in Greece but now based in the Netherlands. The music caught my ear being a blend of bands like The Pineapple Thief and Porcupine Tree. The overall musical vibe is haunting and even melancholic full of dramatic big-sounding guitar riffs and busy-buzzing saw-tooth synth lines. Often those synth lines lend a spacey tone to the music: a kind of floating-lost-in-space feel. Vocals are understated, breathy, moody almost spooky, no screaming here, instead the vocalist plays it smart with a less-is-more feel letting the music play out the drama. These eight tunes, the shortest being just under six minutes and the longest being ten and a half, all incorporate contrasting loud and soft, fast and slow passages. A song will go from loud and bombastic to spacious and atmospheric in a heartbeat, but these shifts are all knitted together with some very intriguing melodies and sonic connective elements. By my second listen I was really hooked on the sound of the band. I really liked the guitar-synth interplay supported by the aggressive, full-on pounding drums. Put the instruments together with the great vocals and you have a very unique sound that I really like and recommend you check out. If you are a fan of the two bands I mentioned earlier, Playgrounded offers much to appreciate especially for fans of modern sounding Progressive Rock music.