Motion Caries by Emerald City Council – Album Review
Motion Caries by Emerald City Council – Album Review – Rating 5 Yaks – Emerald City Council’s debut album ‘Motion Carries’ emerges as an impressive achievement in the world of crossover/symphonic progressive rock. The album, a kaleidoscope of melodic richness and complex compositions—our sweet spot here at Prog Radio, offers a journey through a variety of styles and influences. It showcases an exceptional blend of saxophone and guitar-driven material, appealing to fans of both classic and modern prog rock. Emerald City Council’s formation in 2021 by saxophonist/keyboardist Brent Bristow marks a significant convergence of talents in the progressive rock scene. The band, featuring vocalist Jake Livgren and drummer Noah Hungate, alongside bassist Jeremy Nichols and guitarist Seth Hankerson, showcases a unique blend of expertise and styles. Bristow’s vision to feature the saxophone in a non-jazz context highlights the instrument’s versatility. The addition of Brandon Goff as a special collaborator and the influence of Casey McPherson in transforming the group from a recording project to a full-fledged band add further depth to their story. The album’s musical landscape is vast and diverse. Tracks like ‘Realize II – Brutal Camouflage’ and ‘Noisy Talking’ demonstrate the band’s ability to weave intricate melodies with robust rhythms. The standout track, ‘Platforms of Illusion,’ is a 20-minute epic that encapsulates the band’s flair for dramatic storytelling through music.