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If anyone was going to release the debut album by the Utopia Strong it was going to be Rocket. Steve Davis (of having an opinion about women snooker players' fame) and Kavus Torabi have maintained a solid DJing relationship for a while now. Together, with Michael J. York, they make music that sounds like Emeralds jamming with Cluster

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The Utopia Strong by The Utopia Strong
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7/10 Will 10 September 2019

The Utopia Strong's debut LP is a collection of nine electronic pieces that, for all their intricacy, have a wonderfully immediate quality. This might be because I saw their marvellous Glastonbury set a few months ago but these pieces sound like they've been built, constructed, and recorded live. The percussion is slightly ramshackle and all the arrangements have an endearingly improvised quality. 'Konta Chorus' has an off-the-cuff, marauding feel to it and the trickling Mort Garson synths on 'Emerald Tablet' act as a great counterpoint to those fizzy, distorted one that buzz around your headphones like fretful wasps.  

The focal point of this record is the chunky blocks of glittering synth parts provided by modular man Steve Davis. These are the building blocks around which the peripheral work of Kavus Torabi and Michael J. York can swirl, such as effects-drenched guitars and those battered sounding drum machines. There are also some great proggy song titles like 'Transition To The Afterlife' and 'Moonchild'. Having said that, the name 'Unquiet Boundary' reminds me of various political anxieties I find myself experiencing. 

This debut record is a confident exploration of colourful, instrumental prog that's gently psychedelic and always engaging.  

10/10 Brian Customer rating (no review), 18th October 2019
10/10 Robert Customer rating (no review), 4th October 2019
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