Solar Project have released twelve albums and the last album Ghost Lights was released some weeks ago. Ghost Light is in good prog tradition a concept album. The lyrics is about misguided behavior of mankind and comes in five chapters and there are of course five songs.
The title track Ghost Lights is powerful and epic and last more than 16 minutes and always remains in a progressive / hovering style, with some jazzy touches, the hallmark of Solar Project. The song which begins with just the effects of synths and a classical guitar, adds the vocals, then builds itself finally with all the other instruments, maintaining the interest in the melody until the final.
The track Prey starts off as a lounge and lazy song, but goes through an interesting progression with a more atmospheric approach in the second part, a pretext for the remarkable interventions of the synths.
1. Ghost Lights (16:16)
2. Prey (5:24)
3. On The Run (10:27)
4. Chivvy (10:13)
5. Fen-Fire (8:48)
Total Time 51:08
Holger Vom Bruch: vocals
Sandra Baetzel: vocals, back vocals & saxophones
Sebastian Jungermann: basses
Stefan Schnelting: percussion
Florian Schlott: drums
Peter Terhoeven: guitars
Robert Valet: keyboards
Volker Janacek, Peter Terhoeven and Robert Valet were the core part of a band called Solar System which existed from 1981 to 1987. In summer 1988 they decided to produce a CD documenting their musical material from the 80s and asked some guest musicians to join them. After one year of recording sessions the album The Final Solution was published in February 1990. It is sold out by now but back then the sales figures were pretty low because the band had a hard time finding distributors.
The music from Solar Project has often a small amount of neo mixed with some elements of symphonic and melodic. The result is nice vocals (male, female and choir) melodic prog style and heavy rhythms. World Games and The House Of S. Phrenia albums are marked by Pink Floyd`s influence. Solar Project actually successfully adds a new facet to Nineties neo progressive and have some minor jazz flirting.