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Travel in Twos

Travel in Twos

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In the summer of 2003 work started on what would turn out to be 'Travel In Twos'. The album was performed & produced by James Hoare (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards), Amirali Kasraie (Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar and Bass Guitar), Matt Parsons (Programming & Sequencing, Keyboards) and Toby Hooper (Electronic Percussion and Sequencing). The album also features Andy Goodchild (Drums) and Will Darling (Synth). The entire album beautifully demonstrates James Hoare's amazing range as he goes from awesome highs in 'Sunrise' and 'This World' to almost operatic lows in 'Dead Letters'. The former is surely one of James's tour de forces as his vocals flawlessly span across 4 octaves. Simply reading the socio-philosophical and somewhat mysterious words from his epic masterpiece 'The Window' is enough to make you stop and seriously think. In fact that same mysticism is indeed a signature trait of all the songs on the album, many of which started life as poems. The slow, yet intensely burning 'Push Me Down' hits you so hard his voice acts a bridge between the listener and the fire within him. The front-man and main songwriter of the band brings you truly unique and highly melodic lines, with each song taking you on an awesome musical journey and leaving you happily surprised every time. A few of the many outstanding pieces of Amirali Kasraie's guitar playing on the album include both the counterpoint work on 'The Window' and the classic rock style solo which leads us into the end of the same song. Amirali composed and performed the whole of 'Sunset', which consists of ultra-fast Travis picking played over a synth pad, with a psychedelic-esque slide guitar playing the lead - you will never have heard anything like this ethereal piece of music. You will hear more Travis picking in 'Staring At The Wall', chilled yet highly passionate bluesy guitar (reminiscent of the tones of Peter Green and Chris Rea) in 'This World', and 70's hard rock style wah guitars in 'Same Again' and 'Black Dock'. Without a doubt one of Amirali's greatest moments on the album is the incredibly soulful and energy-packed 5 minute solo on 'Not Today', which starts almost as though each note is screaming out in pain, builds to a massive explosive climax and concludes over a gentle, sorrowful Spanish acoustic outro. The album benefits tremendously from the several years of electronic experimentation Matt Parsons and Toby Hooper did before working on the Travel In Twos album. They created streams of percussive patterns, synthetic bass lines, ultra-sweet string sections and hundreds of quirky sound effects. Matt's production and engineering work for 'Dead Letters' and 'Good Morning' is meticulous (with both songs displaying his signature synth sound), as is Toby's arrangement of the dark and extremely atmospheric instrumental 'Lonely Man'. Fascinated as a child by the style and songs of Frank Sinatra, James Hoare developed a seemingly effortless note-perfect singing voice which landed him multiple parts in international tours. Inspired by music spanning many genres - from folk to ska - his major influences include: Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Nick Drake, The Kinks and Blur. He started writing songs in his early teens and those around him very quickly realised just how incredibly talented a singer/songwriter he is. Since then he has amassed over 150 songs and not a day goes by without him working on a new one. Amirali Kasraie started playing guitar at the age of 5, teaching himself to play along to The Shadows records of his parents' collection. From the same vinyls soon came a love for the superbands Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac. Whilst he loved the distinctive tone of David Gilmour, his playing style was inspired by that of Lindsey Buckingham - finger-picking both electric and acoustic guitars. Eighteen years later he still cites these two as his main influences and thinks of them as two of the greatest guitarists of all time. Amirali's finger-picked, classic rock sounds are layered across the album serving as perfect accompaniments and rhythm lines, and often culminating to some of the most emotional solos you will ever hear. He recorded the majority of his parts on the album using the custom-made Turner Model One guitar (personally made for him in Santa Cruz by Rick Turner), giving those soul-induced lead lines a distinct fiery glow. The artwork (co-produced by Justin Bailey, the band's rhythm guitarist) of this highly conceptual album is enough to make you think for literally hours. The cover, the booklet, the inlay and even the CD disc itself are packed with strange yet beautiful images, with each one portraying multiple messages related to the album, the band, the world. Every time you study these you are guaranteed to spot something new. The back cover displays the tracklist - numbered in 13 different modern and ancient numerical systems! We hear a few seconds of synth just before the album bursts into the opening track, the extremely catchy and upbeat 'Cider By The River'. From this point onwards you will be on a massive 55 minute musical and emotional rollercoaster ride. You will feel extremes of all emotions, and everything in between. Musical, lyrical and abstract threads run through all of the songs. You can enjoy them separately, or you can play the entire album from start to finish and experience the complete work of art which is 'Travel In Twos'. Biography and album review by Chris Davies (with thanks to the official Tan-Hauser Gate website.)

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Artist: Tan-Hauser Gate
Title: Travel in Twos
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 13/09/2005
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 634479153914
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