A pretty new acquaintance for me is the prog band Crea from Sweden and their album Dwarves & Penguins. New is not the band Crea! The band is from Linkoping and has been around since 1989. They started out as the Crea Brotherhood but soon dropped the Brotherhood for a shorter name, hence Crea.
Dwarves & Penguins demonstrate their assimilation of various musical strains and show song-writing skills. The record starts rather adventurous with the instrumental track The Marsch Of Penguins. Then there are much diversity and The song Some Of Us and Walk Into Bright Light have a neoprog atmosphere.
The Marsch Of The Dwarves shows the bands more orchestral elements, while Shattered Vison has suprising new wave elements. Second Thought have some Simple Mind similarity, and the album`s ballad alibi is Millenium. Dwarves & Penguien is a very retro record.