RPWL: Dedicated to science fiction!

RPWL – Tales From Outer Space

Its five years since RPWL released the album Wanted, so the fans will probably applaud that new music nowhas arrived from the band. Pleasing enough, there are really a lot of exciting music the Germans can offer now!

«There are many stories about visits from extraterrestrials. Sometimes the aliens come as friends, sometimes they come to enslave us. On this cold night, lights in the sky are making people all over the world uneasy…».

The aliens in «A New World», the first song of the new album Tales From Outer Space by the Bavarian progrockers RPWL, meet the aforementioned band and learn by «laying on their hands» how much suffering and evil caused by humans prevails on earth and immediately leave again, completely shocked.

After eight studio albums, one best-of album and six live albums, the spaceship RPWL penetrates into the infinite vastness of space and when we write the year 2019, more precisely star date 22 March 2019, the disc has landed. With their four-man crew, they have dedicated themselves entirely to science fiction on the new LP. Singer and keyboarder Yogi Lang: «This time it didn’t turn out to be a concept album in the true sense. But there are seven short stories about science fiction. For us it was not only thematically very interesting, but also musically an unbelievable playground, which literally invited us to experiment with sounds and all imaginable musical stylistic devices».

In general, the music of RPWL can best be assigned to art and progressive rock, but it is always song oriented. And the soft voice of Yogi Lang, which reminds a little of David Gilmour, holds everything together. While the last two albums Wanted and Beyond Man In Time were concept albums, this time there isn’t a coherent story, but science fiction is the common denominator.

Not A Place To Be begins with horror strings and electronic noises and immediately conveys the uncomfortable feeling of entering a strange planet. In contrast to this the following songWhere Do I Get What I Need, spreads a positive mood with delay guitars. But the space glider RPWL has not lost contact with earth, especially in this song the lyrics counteract the music and touch upon sensitive subjects, asking critical questions about the current consumer behaviour of mankind.

Gentle Art Of Swimming from the live album Start The Fire,

Of course, there is always an underlying comparison with Pink Floyd, but the band has also fired it up themselves with the release and performance of the first conceptual live show, Pink Floyd’s The Man And The Journey. And to be compared with the early work of Pink Floyd is certainly not the worst reference, even and especially when Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd, David Gilmour) himself performs a song on the bass. Guitarist Kalle Wallner, who shines especially in Light Of The Day with his lyrical guitar playing, «After three live albums it was a lot of fun to create our own songs again. I am incredibly proud of the new album and can hardly wait until we can finally present it live on our extensive European tour next April»!


About Ulf Backstrøm (7129 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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