Emerald Dawn are certainly a most interesting and totally absorbing tight-knit multi-instrumental rock band combining wonderfully harmonious symphonic progressive rock music cemented together with beautifully melodic fretless bass runs and exquisite extremely well ordered dual keyboard, saxophone and electric guitar melody lines. Whilst there are certain elements of “Camel” about the makeup of their music they are, without doubt, sufficiently individualistic to be considered quite unique. In general and apart from a couple of sections which, to my ears, fall below the overall high standard of musical delivery the album is mostly brilliant throughout providing the listener with a wondrous feast of melodious symphonic delight.
I was particularly enthralled with the powerful drum introduction to the first and longish four part twenty minute epic track “Musique Noire” which all together combines a multitude of different beautifully layered musical sequences and stimulating time changes with some lovely, but slightly overlong, evocative female vocals from “Tree Stewart”.
The second track “A vision left unseen” gets under way with a male / female vocal duet which I’m sorry to say is quite awful with the male side of things sounding awkward and maladroit. Fortunately though this is soon over and done with and the symphonic delights once again take over with a beautiful classical style piano sequence topped with a dose of superb electric lead guitar which eventually gives way to a heavier keyboard led middle sequence before once again returning to some beautiful and quite classic progressive delight.
The third track, “Waves” is executed at a slightly slower pace and contains for me the very best of “Tree Stewarts” haunting vocals which are washed with a multitude of colourful keyboard and guitar exchanges.
The final track “Stranger in a strange land” opens with a confusion of keyboard sounds before taking on a much bolder and almost funkier percussion driven arrangement before momentarily returning to a cacophony of discordance prior to once again turning on the charm with an ending of supreme melodic keyboard and lead guitar delight.
Summary: A delightful album of well composed and beautifully delivered symphonic progressive rock music embellished with an array of interesting saxophone interjections. Note: This is their second album
Cover Art: Very artistic and quite stunning multi-page artwork
Tree Stewart: keyboards, piano, flute, acoustic guitar, percussion, and vocals;
Ally Carter: electric and acoustic guitars, guitar synthesizer, tenor and soprano saxophones, keyboards, and vocals;
Jayjay Quick: fretless and fretted bass guitars, electric upright bass, electric violin, and cello; and
Tom Jackson: drums and percussion.