Ha, this weekend's Cuneiform Records' special deal was perfect to counter-balance the glossy dandelion prog of the new Big Big Train album (that I do like!) with something from the more adventurous side of the proggy realm!
The band themselves label this as chamber rock, which might be misleading to those expecting something more mellow! The use of cello and violin instead of guitars might justify the "chamber" but this really rocks in an edgy, RIO way. Heady, heavy and great stuff!
Favorite track: Flim Flam Man.
“Far Corner plays insanely complex instrumental chamber rock (modern classical meets prog rock) and I can easily say that Risk was the most challenging record I’ve ever played on.” – William Kopecky
On the 15th anniversary of their founding, we are very pleased, after a very long wait, to be working again with the wonderful, American, chamber-rock ensemble Far Corner for the third time with the release of their long-awaited third album Risk.
Composed in a contemporary classical style, Far Corner’s music combines influences from 20th century composers such as Stravinsky, Ives and Bartok with ambitious progressive rock bands such as ELP, Aranis, Univers Zero, Present, Henry Cow and more. .
Performed by highly skilled, trained and experienced musicians who subvert their egos to let the compositions be the stars, and played with the energy and power of rock, Far Corner’s music is stunningly original, refreshingly accessible and highly entertaining.
Founded in 2003, a year later Cuneiform released the band’s self titled debut recording. In 2007, the group released their second album, Endangered, which added more improvisation to the group’s mix, while also keeping the flag flying for thorough composed works as well.
After Endangered, Far Corner continued to perform live, preparing and presenting new music and planning for a third album. But before much could be accomplished, Craig and William were presented with exciting career opportunities which required Craig to move out of state and William to move out of country. Rather than make Far Corner – always a ‘real, live band’ – into a ‘file-sharing project’, it was decided that Dan would continue to compose for the group and to send all members the scores for their feedback and for them to rehearse to, but that the recording would wait for the opportunity for all four musicians to be in the same room together, playing live as an ensemble in the studio. Hence the long delay between release number two and three.
Despite the delay and the geographic difficulties, Risk is the group’s most ambitiously composed work so far and rigorous composition is one of the main modus operandi of the group! I would not hesitate to call it their best!
"Well they are finally back after a decade away and the worry was will it be as good as previous releases. Well the good news is that it's not as good, it's even better! This is probably the bands strongest release. It still features all the rehearsal intensive composed music but rocks and bounces like a beast.
For fans of Univers Zero, Henry Cow, DAAU, with 20th century classical composer references in a rock setting this is a must have. A contender for album of the year." – ProgArchives
released November 9, 2018
William Kopecky – bass
Dan Maske – keyboards
Angela Schmidt – cello
Craig Walkner – drums
Jerry Loughney – violin