Band: The Watch
Band Website: www.thewatchmusic.net
Label: Pick Up Records
Label Website: www.pickuprecords.it
Release Date: 2014
This is album number six from Italyís symphonic proggers, The Watch and it maintains their splendid stylistic approach to the classic genre. The band consists of: Giorgio Gabriel (electric guitars, 6-12 strings acoustic guitars, classical guitar, bass guitars), Simone Rossetti (vocals, Mellotron, synthesizers, flute), Valerio de Vittorio (keyboards, Hammond L122 organ, synthesizers), Marco Fabbri (drums, percussions) and Mattia Rossetti (bass guitars, bass pedals). The band formed in 2001 and have produced one great album after another and Tracks from the Alps is a worthy addition to their musical catalog.
Tracks from the Alps, like itís predecessors bristles with shimmering Mellotron glissandos, loads of acoustic and electric guitar interplay, nice chunky Hammond organ chords and so much more. It goes without saying that The Watch have taken their inspiration from very early Genesis with a music that displays a delicate acoustic pastoral vibe that is punctuated with huge symphonic swells interspersed with staccato electric guitar and synthesizer stabs. Sweet melodies are layered with baroque musical embellishment propelling songs to gorgeous musical crescendos. Tracks from the Alps is made up of seven tracks most of which are actually shorter, the two longest being just over seven minutes but then The Watch have never been about long compositions. Their approach has always been more about crafting complicated little symphonies incorporating all manner of musical change-ups and dynamics.
The music of The Watch continues to be both nostalgic and yet every bit contemporary. To my ears, Tracks from the Alps is everything a symphonic progressive rock album is supposed to me. Lushly orchestrated and yet full of rock riffs punctuated by a compositional adventurousness, reflecting a strong classical influence but never losing touch with its rock roots. This is great stuff so once again I highly recommend The Watch to fans of the classic symphonic prog style.