Hollow Water updates the classic progressive rock sound making it feel truly contemporary on the awe-inspiring journey of “Strange Worlds Just Into Ours”. They offer quite a bit of instrumental variety from glossy keyboards, a key sample of any progressive rock group, to the more esoteric, such as the saxophone work courtesy of one Ilia Skibinsky. Everything here feels fully realized for they go into deep dives into entirely different worlds. Rhythms here suggest a small debt to krautrock’s insistent clamor for everything speeds along at quite a brisk pace. Vocals further add to this otherworldly sensibility with the lyrics dripping down like acidic poetry.
Their sound takes from an ancient tradition. Within the infinite series of geometric designs with tempo and melody, the references to the whims of the Soft Machine are abundant throughout. On some of the wilder takes, they even bring up favorable comparisons to Yes, for they are not afraid to let things unfurl into vast cavernous spaces. In terms of krautrock, elements of it recall an optimistic variant on Neu!’s propulsive drive.
“To Find A Way” bursts onto the scene with a tremendous overflow of detail. Guitar work has a fine angular tact for the rest of the song features a sun-drenched optimism. Drums power through on the contemplative dream of “The Time Has Come”. On “It Takes More Than A Spark” the song rumbles on forth with a clear-eyed intensity for it is a colossal wave of sound. By far the highlight, the true heart and soul, rises up with the colossal “Just Another False Dawn” whose multi-suite approach feels sweeping, even cinematic. Synthesizers get some space on the theatrical performance of “The Realm Of Sound” where they offer a jazzy affect to the sound.
Driving rhythms make “An Outlandish Traveler” a bit of joy featuring exquisite work in drawing together a whole symphonic slew of instruments. Full of joy “Standing On The Karman Line” features a grandeur to it, for the landscape of the work has a lushness to it. Playful to its core “The Web Can’t Be Unwound…Err Actually…” with the vocals mixed front and center. Everything possesses a unique nimbleness with the delicate “The Thirteenth Stroke” with the riffs showing off their uncanny ability to craft infectious hooks. For the finale and title track “Strange Worlds Jut Into Ours” they bring it all home with a neat composition that ties all that came before it together.
“Strange Worlds Jut Into Ours” features the uncanny ability of Hollow Water to breathe new life into the beloved progressive rock sound.