Checking For Echo Project is a collaboration of amazing musicians who come together to make great progressive music to raise funds for charitable causes.
Life & Other Short Stories Vol II is the sequel to Life & Other Short Stories Vol I (Which we wrote about in 2021) and the band behind this release is Checking For Echo Project. The album clocks in at gigantic 90:44 minutes, and have a real epic song entitled Time that endure for 22:39 minutes! This more than 90 minutes is not boring but filled with very good music. John Farely is the musical maestro and multi-instrumentalist. Farley is nicely supported by ten great musicians from very good prog band.
About the track Where Are Your God says Farley, «This was originally a post by my good friend Alan Rutherford on Facebook that I transformed into lyrics and then a song. Our leaders are failing us, watering down climate change and kowtowing to business at every level. COP26 was a classic example of backslapping politically whilst nothing changed!
When will it end….When it’s too late»
About the extreme good song In The End, this track is about fate and adversity imagined through the eyes of Viking warriors.
Progressive/art rock meets cinematic soundtrack, Checking For Echo Project strives to express thought-provoking topics through emotive music and lyrics that paint a picture.
Following a debut album released March 2020, Checking For Echo Project now draws upon the talents of a number of musicians and vocalists to bring the songs to life.
Says, «Making an album of music is a massive undertaking, made easier by the help, advice and skills of some very special people. First of all I would like to say a huge Thank Yo” to Suzi James of Fearful Symmetry. Whatever track I have thrown at Suzi she has surprised me with hugely interpretive accompaniments, whether it be guitar, flute or strings. Suzi has also been a valued friend who I can rely on for honest feedback on whatever I write».
«Thanks also go to Andy Nixon who has not only provided me with some great vocals but also contributed some amazing guitar work on In The End, The Cliff’s Edge and parts IV and VI of Time, and to Pat Sanders of Drifting Sun for his keyboards on The Cliff’s Edge. Thanks also to Trev Turley of Random Earth Project for his additional bass on In The End».
1. Where Are Your Gods? (7:14)
2. Black Mist (7:25)
3. Laid Low/Breathtaker (7:32)
4. The Second Fall (6:18)
5. Finally Free (5:26)
6. Forty Summers (Out Of Range) (3:06)
7. In The End (6:06)
8. Time (22:39)
9. Enigma (7:21)
10. The Cliff’s Edge (6:45)
11. The Distant Sunrise (10:52)
Total Time 90:44
Andy Nixon (Freedom To Glide): vocals (1, 7, 8 parts III, IV, V, VI), guitar (7, 8, 10)
Mikey Brown: vocals (2)
Yael Shotts (Fearful Symmetry): vocals (3, 9)
Elaine Samuels: vocals (6)
Martin Haggarty (Long Earth): Spoken voice (5)
Chris Martini: vocals (10)
Paul Dews (How Far To Hitchin): vocals (11)
Lisa Farley: vocals (8 parts I & VII)
Pat Sanders (Drifting Sun): keyboards (10)
Trev Turley (Random Earth Project): additional bass (7)