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article imageReview: Progtronica combines 90s nostalgia with modern indie aspects

By Wesley Butler     Apr 19, 2014 in Music
Los Angeles - “Inspiration is all the music that’s out these days, wide variety. From great musicianship of Radiohead to simplicity of pop music like Phoenix, Franz Ferdinand to huge sounds of dubstep,” says Gumshen of their latest album, “Progtronica.”
“You can also hear of our original inspirations like Pink Floyd and early Genesis.”
This album is very unique and remarkable. It combines modern indie standards running the radio waves this day in age, as well as elements of progressive rock.
“Bell Ringer” opens the album with a jumpy synth riff over top a talented vocal section that reminds me Christmas music. Its melancholic textures and poppy bass soothes me to tune out to the seven-minute track. It also has a killer guitar solo that finds its way fitting perfectly over the same stellar drum beat.
The first thing I thought of when I heard “Stipulation” was 90s pop. It had such a nostalgic ring to it, without sounding old-fashioned. It really showed how synchronized Gumshen are as a band, which is really important when working together in the music industry. Reason being that people will notice these things, which could determine whether or not they’ll purchase your album.
Another standout from this album is “Liquid.” And no, it didn’t sound “wet” or “sappy.” Instead, the track slowly blended into a determined, caricature of the riff. Lead vocalist Ron Hippe has a signature style that stood out, especially in this song. All he needs to do is to continue that with every song he sings.
Progtronica is an album I would recommend to any fan of Pink Floyd. It does the band very well, and takes into consideration aspects of the music industry today. For more information about Gumshen, visit their website.
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