Pastoral symphonic prog in a 1970s vein could be a starting point to describe Ian Neal`s music and his new album Barkstone Ash. Ian Neal blends progressive rock genres alongside other styles. UK based, his solo projects fashion lustrous instrumental productions, mixing light and shade with lyricism and complexity.
The new album is his fourth and have been developed across the last few years and tracks have been released individually as and when they have been completed. The recent release (Dec.2021) of the final track, Come Harvesting! marks the end of the work in terms of composition and the album is good to go. There was some tweaking with the production side of things in the pursuit of perfection further down the line, however, any changes to the mixes will only benefit the listener and any of these original mixes will remain available and new mixes will be freebies for the buyer.
John Speed states, «Ian I’ve listened to 3 of your albums so far. What fabulous music you’ve made. Prog rock as it should be. The production sounds really good. You can clearly hear all the instruments unlike a lot of albums where it’s just a wall of noise. I received your site via a progrock site on Facebook. I’ve also shared your site so hopefully you will get a few more sales. Looking forward to album number 5 !!!».
1. Fair Winds (9:51)
2. Ash Phrixus (8:30)
3. Barley Harvest (2:07)
4. Holst’s Hollows (5:19)
5. The Vale Of Linden (12:40)
6. Come Harvesting! (10:00)
Total Time 48:27
Ian Neal: keyboards, guitars, vocals, virtual mellotron, organ, piano
Evgenia Papamikrouli: vocals and spoken narration (5)