4TH – D.F.A.

Progressive rock from the land of the boot, absolutely! Italian band D.F.A. (short for Duty Free Area) delivers all the prog-rock goodies you could ever want. Ten minute plus songs, of course. More twists and turns in each song than a mountain road, definitely. Musicianship to die for, certainly.

Strike up a conversation with any true prog fan and prepare to get bombarded with descriptive terms like guitar explorations, walking bass lines, seas of keys and time signature changes. What these terms mean to the uninitiated is a way of describing an art form that just won’t go away and why not? With so much radio demographics and music formatting, any form of music outside the norm should be readily welcomed.

On 4TH, the musical alchemy is built on the rich sounds of the Fender Rhodes and Leslie speaker, chameleon like guitar tones and a rhythm section that can handle the curves like a formula 1 racecar. It’s busy stuff with more ideas packed into each and every song than the average radio listener will experience in a week of normal programming.

So next time you are stuck for something new musically, why not walk on the wild side and check out this title or Wikipedia prog-rock and have a listen to just about any of the bands mentioned in that article. The music these bands produce isn’t easily accessible but with a little effort can be very rewarding.

Rob Hudson

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