Hey Ben / Orbeth camp ppl. Excuse the delay, have had some.. interesting interruptions lately you could say.
I've listened to the new Ben band? project? "Q"... album "Instinct" fully now, in fact listening regularly lately and have come to the conclusion it is rather good ! Rather bloody good to say the least indeed. Reminds me somewhat of the "Winds" album in some areas... which was one of high points of the recent 2012 sessions imo, so obvs I was looking forward to this album when I heard about it and... I'm not disappointed.
Tbh this is actually better than Winds in number of ways, ... more evolved, even matured e.g. the song writing is better (and somewhat different),... I think their's simply just a bigger selection of top quality songs imo. And I'm not just talking about quality as in among Bens own Orbeth catalogue.... this is stuff easily defeats and wipes the floor with a lot of the SHAT pumped out at clubs / bars etc by society lately imo. Maybe not quite on production in some areas according to some but, darn close enough and certainly musically so... high marks there also.
I should clarify this feedback is regarding listening mainly the instrumental album atm for numerous reasons. I may well do some additional feedback later on the sung version,... but what I've heard of that is fairly good / well sung actually also. Tbh I prefer the instrumental currently (plenty enough going on to contemplate with the instruments alone, and being an instrument player also) so I'm v glad Ben released that version (Cheers B!).
In comparison to other Ben music... I think Ben has made equally good and even better music elsewhere but, this is surely the best dance / trance style effort yet all round definitely, so... congrats on that. This one will be spinning for some while for sure! I'll be sure to grab a physical copy if one ever gets pressed.
As I said, this time round its much harder to name favs as most of the album is v cool but, I'd say some of the top tracks are: "Instinct" (Obvs, classic), "Time Lost" and probably "Ascension" also, epic! Classic stuff.
So congrats on that Ben & co... you've outdone yourselves again. Hopefully you'll be able to keep upping the bar as you go (hard as that must be getting), and hope to hear more of this type of stuff in the future !