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Multi-Story is impressive on so many levels and 'Crimson Stone' is extremely accessible, mellifluous and well worth investigating.

If you are incessantly hankering after those exultant days of seventies/eighties Prog, then this, the third album from Welsh Progsters Multi-Story, could well be right up your street... or should I say valley! The band commenced their musical journey in the eighties and, following exposure on the Tommy Vance Rock Show on Radio One, they were signed up to the FM label, a subsidiary of Heavy Metal Records. Their debut album 'East West' (1985) was quickly followed by a very successful support slot on Magnum's 'On A Storyteller's Night' UK tour. Striking whilst the iron was hot, so to speak, MS delivered their sophomore effort in 1987; 'Through Your Eyes' failed to capture a greater audience or garner additional plaudits to take the band onto the next step to stardom.

Despite the ravages of time, original members and co-founders Paul Ford (vocals, acoustic guitars) and Rob Wilsher (keyboards, programming) are once again working in tandem, with new blood in the shape of Aedan Neale (electric & acoustic guitars), Kyle Jones (bass) and Jordan Neale (drums, percussion). They have, in 'Crimson Stone', an album that exudes professionalism, craft and prepossessing melody throughout.

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Straight from the off 'Murmuration' transports you back to the early days of Genesis, Marillion and Yes; Ford's vocals are a striking similitude of classic Peter Gabriel and Fish, with the occasional pinch of Jon Anderson thrown in for good measure. The soundscape is very easy on the ears too as Wilsher's keyboards are front and centre, enveloping each song with alluring ambience and transporting them to fantastical locations (that are often inhabited by quirky characters). As with the opening track, 'Tutankhamum', 'Black Gold (Part 1 & 2)' and especially album closer 'Crimson Stone' are all lengthy compositions yet none outstay their welcome as MS's template of intriguing storytelling meshed with unperturbed musicianship captures and maintains attention throughout. My particular favourite, 'Sly Dream Catcher', is a song performed in a meticulous manner and wouldn't be out of place on Marillion's 'Misplaced Childhood' or Genesis' 'Selling England By The Pound', although it does have a 'Follow Me, Follow You' vibe going on. '12:16', 'White Star' and 'The Viewers' are shorter arrangements but each one is a delightful, easy-listening slice of commercial Prog.

Multi-Story is impressive on so many levels and 'Crimson Stone' is extremely accessible, mellifluous and well worth investigating.

Dave Crompton

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