Perfect Beings - Perfect Beings (My Sonic Temple)

Smooth prog that'll hit all the right notes with discerning ears...
Release Date: 
29 Jun 2014 - 11:30pm

Prog rock. Of course when applied to ‘true’ prog music the term progressive is now a massive anomaly, as ‘prog’ as we like to think of it hasn’t actually progressed at all since about 1974; consequently the music most ‘prog’ fans love to listen to is actually incredibly backwards looking indeed, and mostly centred around the recorded output of bands like Yes and Genesis at the start of the seventies.

Thankfully there’s little or no evidence of Genesis on this album from Perfect Beings, though there’s a hefty dollop of Yes in the mix, especially in the roving basswork of Chris Tristam, who really goes to town all over this self titled nugget of prog goodness. Y’see, I am a prog fan, so, for all my semantic carping, the fact that this is nothing more than a trad prog album is actually rather comforting. So what you get for you money here is  a rather nice, laid back amalgam of some of the usual suspects; a quick mouthful will give you notes of latterday Beatles, the aforementioned Yes, moving through the years to incorporate some Steve Hogarth-era Marillion and It Bites before coming to rest squarely in the quieter part of Spock’s Beard’s sonic territory. It’s a genteel smorgasbord of well-polished virtuosity, a late night, reflective type of album that never resorts to bombast when filigree and finesse will get the job done equally well.

The result of a meeting of minds between guitarist Johannes Luley and vocalist/pianist Ryan Hurtgen, Perfect Beings won’t fail to captivate fans of the sort of music that held sway over student bedrooms worldwide during the immediate pre-punk era, but you needn’t feel excluded if bucolic, pastoral daydreaming doesn’t usually float your boat – there really is something here for people of any musical stripe to enjoy, given a preparedness to leave prejudice at the door and an ability to embrace plain, straightforward musical excellence. Turn the lights down low, sit back, and prepare for immersion – Your ears will thank you for your trouble.