Hartsfield-Jackson, Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest. The city’s music pride Great Wide Nothing has released a self-titled album.The band’s music is best described as an updated take on the prog rock of the 1970’s that emphasizes accessible melodies and contemplative lyrics. Great Wide Nothing was in the beginning a solo endeavor by bassist, frontman, and principal songwriter/composer Daniel Graham, the project took on a life of its own with the addition of keyboard virtuoso Dylan Porper and renowned percussionist Jeff Matthews (both graduates of the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media) in the Summer of 2017, as the group collectively rehearsed, arranged, and ultimately refined Graham’s original compositions. The title track The View From Olympus,
Great Wide Nothing I an unconventional power trio whose instrumentation, colorful lyrical imagery, and symphonic leanings frequently elicit comparisons to classic 70’s prog acts like Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but whose accessible melodies, emotionally compelling, often spiritual and/or socially-conscious subject matter, and eclectic, somewhat more modern tonal palette lend them a contemporary edge, Great Wide Nothing successfully bridges the gap between reverent nostalgia and of-the-moment urgency, offering listeners a distinctive, relevant take on the powerful and grandiose sounds that defined one of rock and roll’s oddest, boldest, and most polarizing eras.