Carptree - 2005 - Man Made Machine [VBR HQ]
Genre: Neo Progressive
CARPTREE biography (at Progarchives):
CARPTREE is a 2-piece band consisting of Niclas FLINCK (lead vocals) and Carl WESTHOLM (keyboards) and also responsible for arrangements and production. They play their own kind of prog/pop music with a very personal and honest touch. Their music can to some extent be compared to some of Peter GABRIEL's works or perhaps MARILLION's later albums but this is only a way to try to give you a picture of how they sound.
CARPTREE’s 2001 self-titled first CD leans a bit more toward progressive-pop than "Superhero" but the potential that is fully realized on "Superhero" is very evident. This is highly enjoyable symph-pop with high emotional impact, superb melodic songwriting and interesting, tasteful arrangements supporting the unique voice of FLINCK. The mix of these ingredients make this a fantastic album! A very strong release, maybe even a future classic. So start with "Superhero" and you’ll probably come back for their 1st CD as well. One of my recent favourite discoveries!
Album review (at Progarchives):
I discovered this Swedish band while surfing on a Dutch progrock site, it was reviewed very positive and high charted in the monthly Progrock Top 10. This is their third album, I was curious because I had never heard of this band before.
During the first listening session I got more and more impressed by Carptree: their compositions are very strong featuring great variety, lots of dynamic, many captivating musical ideas, surprising breaks and it all sounds very melodic, harmonic, pleasant and, last but not least, accessible. I notice influences from The Beatles, Queen and 10CC to Radiohead and Coldplay. The songs Sunshine Waters (sparkling piano, wonderful violin-Mellotron and twanging guitars) and The Wakening Sound (beautiful keyboards and an alienating atmosphere with melancholic vocals) contain tension between the mellow/dreamy pieces and the bombastic parts, very compelling and exciting. The track Tilting The Scales has a catchy refrain (“shot down, head first”), it could have been a hit-single but it’s also wonderfully coloured by Floydian guitar, a Fender Rhodes electric piano sound, beautiful vocals and some fiery eruptions. The dreamy and compelling The Man You Just Became reminds me strongly of The Moody Blues and Procol Harum because of the melodic sound, warm vocals and violin-Mellotron waves. The other tracks deliver tasteful keyboards, often early Fish inspired vocals, many vocal harmonies and great musical ideas.
In my opinion Carptree has released a splendid album that will appeal to many progheads!
1. Titans clash aggressively to keep an even score (5:29)
2. Sunshine waters (5:48)
3. The weakening sound (6:21)
4. Tilting the scales (6:50)
5. The man you just became (5:15)
6. Man Made Machine (6:18)
7. Burn to something new (5:58)
8. In the centre of an empty space (5:31)
9. The recipe (2:31)
10. This is home (8:17)
Total Time: 58:18
- Niclas Flinck / lead vocals
- Carl Westholm / piano, synthesizer, vocoder, theremin, choir arrangement
- Ulf Edelönn / all electric and acoustic guitars, bass (6,8,10)
- Jejo Perkovic / drums
- Stefan Fanden / bass (1,2,4,5), baritone guitar (8)
- Jan Hellman / bass (7), electric upright bass (3)
- Jonas Waldefeldt / tambourine and percussion (1,2,4,7), background vocals (1,4)
- Öivin Tronstad / background vocals (2,8,10)
- Cia Backman / background vocals (1,2,4,5,7)
- The Trollhättans Chamber Choir 3