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nadsylvan spiritusmundi
Artist: Nad Sylvan
Title: Spiritus Mundi
Genre: Progressive Rock
Release Date: 9th April 2021
Label: InsideOut Music

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The world of progressive music is a big and beautiful one. There are epic, lengthy adventures to experience, experiments of mad scientists to witness and dragons to slay. A good narrative is what makes or breaks the  Journey. It just takes three minutes to find  out that NAD SYLVAN is a storyteller, there are no chart hits on his records because hits need to be generally accepted and therefore kept simple and short. This output ticks in with about 41:52 Minutes, which is not the longest record yet it feels monolithic and complete. The best way to listen to this is to do it from start to finish, just sit down with a cup of tea or coffee and listen to this.

There are poppy and soft moments like in ‘The Stolen Child’ but Progressive Rock is no Extreme Metal so it should not come as a surprise that there is no aggression or any kind of agitation to be felt while appreciating ‘Spiritus Mundi’. With Nad Sylvan and Andrew Laitres both on vocals there’s a ton of good vocals here. The lyrics of this record are based on poems of William Butler Yeats, undeniably one of the finest poets to come out of Ireland (personally I prefer the great and late Phil Lynott). The whole undertaking leans itself on the 70s sound-wise, so of you don’t have a knack for that decade you might be surprised by the hippie-esque compositions, the unexcited approach to making music and enchant with melodies instead of storming the gates guns blazing.

Conclusion: If you just want to have fun chilling to a beautiful record that is not at all sounding dangerous, ‘Spiritus Mundi’ is your go to record of April

Rating: 8 / 10

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