Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hollow Branches/Okanaganga Waves/2012 CD Review

Hollow Branches are a band from Portland, Oregon that has a member from Agallach with a music style that mixes dark ambient, neo folk and progressive rock together with a slight metal influence and this is a review of their self released 2012 album "Okanaganga Waves".

There are no drums presented on the recording, while the sound design, piano, organ and synths combine dark ambient, folk and progressive rock together that brings a 70's psychedelic feeling to the music, as for the bass playing it has a very strong and powerful tone with progressive riffs that dominate throughout the recording.

Rhythm guitars are all acoustic with some neo folk and progressive rick riffs that utilize alot of full chords and dark sounding melodies and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recording except for a couple of songs and they are very dark and melodic sounding.

Vocals are all clean singing, while the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes, as for the production it has a very powerful and dark sound to it.

In my opinion Hollow Branches are a very great sounding dark ambient, neo folk, progressive rock hybrid band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Rumor The Past" "Weave The Architect" and "Okanaganga Waves". RECOMMENDED BUY.

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