Arctic Plant: Recorded all the vocals in his car!!!

Arctic Plant – A Wandering Mind

Arctic Plant is a progressive rock solo project dedicated to creating concept albums, and A Wandering Mind is the new album. Arctic Plant is with Phil Rexilius as musical maestro. Rexilius personal favorite on the album is the song Twist Of Fate.

The third concept album of Arctic Plant features 7 tracks:

1. The Quest Pt. 1: Desire

2. The Forest

3. Brothers and Sisters

4. The Quest Pt. 2: Contemplation

5. Twist Of Fate

6. The Quest Pt. Relief

7. Perception

Releases December 27, 2021


Andreas Ludwig – vocals of the Wise Man

Antonia Lenz – vocals of the Sylvan Spirit (left side)

Felix Schleifer – synthesizer solo on Brothers And Sisters

Lisa Rexilius – bass guitar and vocals of the Sylvan Spirit (right side)

Susanne Rexilius – trombone on Twist Of Fate and Perception

Philipp Rexilius – drums, guitars, piano, synthesizers, organ, orchestration, soundscapes, vocals of The Wayfarer

«The concept in this album is to discover my personal answer to «what and where is home? » I found myself thinking about it on long walks through our lovely forests and the album describes the way I think about it wrapped up in a story about a man wandering through the forest, being guided from time to time by a wise man who likes to give advice and invites the young man to find a home in the forest. It’s a very personal topic, so there is a lot of heartfelt emotion in these songs that I liked to create a lot. I started Arctic Plant back in 2013 when I was playing drums in a hard rock band, while listening to King Crimson, Yes, Camel and all those great old bands. I was also good at playing guitar, keyboards and arranging so from there I started the idea of somewhat… «I could actually compose and produce music on my own that I enjoy the most listening to!».

«I always loved concept albums so I also set Arctic Plant up to be my project for progressive rock concept albums. We had a few gigs with local prog bands back in the day when I played drums in that hard rock band, named Ocean Spout (Bamberg), Serpent Sin (Nürnberg) and Effloresce (Nürnberg). As a young man without many friends who were into prog, I had a great time playing and hanging out with these bands who would play gigs wearing Rush shirts and celebrating odd time signatures, complex arrangements and so on… In Arctic Plant, I found a comfortable sound in big orchestral arrangements. I like epic melodies, mighty orchestrations and theme-based composing like e.g.».

«Most important about music for me is that it makes me feel something, it should take my thoughts away from reality into its own world, it should make sense and have a meaning. Think of The Similitude of a Dream by the Neal Morse band (he’s sort of my hero in terms of being a solo artist, also musically, not so much spiritually), there is a big scope, drama, desire, joy, epic melodies, huge arrangements, great solos and in the end it all makes sense, musically, lyrically… It’s one of my all time favourite albums and it perfectly describes what I like about music. What I don’t like is too much of “showing off” with a lack of musicality. I prefer a handful of notes played slowly in the beginning and the end of an album over a 10 minute shredding guitar solo. Think of IQ – Subterranea “Are you inside, provider, or am I?” – brilliant!».

«A fun fact from recording… I recorded all the vocals in my car, because I was lacking a proper room for this purpose and the closest I could get was in the car. So I went in my wood workshop, designed something that allows me to attach my microphone to the steering wheel and started right away. It turned out to sound quite good and I think, I might do it again on the next record 😃 recorded all the vocals in my car».


About Ulf Backstrøm (7437 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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