The tracks offer interesting, varied arrangements and the music goes from a whisper to a roar and back again, offering a depth that rewards with repeated spins. Its expansive widescreen music creates a mood of open space and sorrow.
If the alt-prog of Porcupine Tree, the power of Pain Of Salvation and the ambience of Anathema tickle your fancy, then Jade Vine are worth exploring.
This is a real melting pot of progressive rock influences ranging from, inevitably, Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree to as left-field as Nick Drake with a soupcon of ‘Street Spirit’ Radiohead tossed in for good measure.
If this sounds an odd mix, it is, but it works brilliantly.
The guitar is the weapon of choice here with some memorable acoustic and slabs of grinding electric – but always melodic, purposeful and without gratuitous grandstanding. The song is all.