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Progressive Aspect says…

Progressive Aspect December 2017 – by Phil Lively

http://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2017/12/07/north-sea-radio-orchestra-william-d-drake/


Prog Magazine says…

Prog Magazine October 2019 – Malcolm Dome

Live Review – Onomatopoeia Records 10th Birthday – New Cross Inn, London 16/09/2017

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Open Magazine (Italy) says…

Open Magazine – September 2017

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Prog magazine says…

Prog magazine  December 2016

by Rob Hughes

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The Progressive Aspect says…

The Progressive Aspect – 8 November 2016

by Jez Rowden

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Crossfire says…

2 November 2016 – Crossfire

by Sam Shepherd

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Prog Magazine says…

Prog Magazine issue 71. November 2016

by Dom Lawson

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Quietus says…

2 November 2016. The Quietus

by Sean Kitching

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Uncut says…

November 2016 (December 2016 issue)

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Organ says…

The Organ – 26 August 2016. by Sean Worrall

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The Sunday Experience says…

The Sunday Experience

August 2016

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Attn Magazine says…

Attn Magazine October 2016 : by Jack Chuter

Read the rest of the event’s review here.

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Prog Magazine says…

Prog Magazine August 2016 –  Stephen Dalton.  (photographs Jason Parnell)

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Echoes and Dust says…

26 June 2016

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Soundsxp says

William D Drake
The Rising of the Lights – Onomatopeia Records

Article written by Ged Me – May 27, 2011 soundsxp.com
William D Drake: The Rising of the Lights

The old seascape cover painting and the album title (a contemporary description of an obscure cause of death in London in the 18th and 19th centuries) makes clear that Drake is a man inspired by the past and a pastoral view of the world. With songs like ‘Ornamental Hermit’ describing the practice of old English aristocratic families for maintaining hermits on their estate, and a range of instrumentation that includes hurdy gurdy and harmonium as well as melotron and mini-moog, there’s a sense of old ideas filtered though contemporary eyes, conjuring an image of William Blake collaborating with Robyn Hitchcock.

A couple of tracks originally written for his side project with Tim Smith sounds a little more Genesis-like with their difficult time signatures while the rest of the album is a paint-guide of different shades of English eccentricity, from the stomping prog-psych of ‘The Mastodon’ to the Morris dancing rhythms of instrumental ‘Ziegler’ and the fairy-folk of ‘Homesweet Homestead Hideaway’. The emotive ‘Me Fish Bring’ even makes me think of Kate Bush, a song where the lyrics make no sense but still fit the mood, and a perfect tone is set by a mournful clarinet and the melancholy male/female duet. Ideas just seem to pour forth and there are lovely melodies lurking within the tricksy time signatures, which make this fourth album perhaps a little difficult to get into on a first listen but reward the listener’s persistence.