Holding the instrumental debut album of Fernando Perdomo immediately brings back good times, without even having listened to one single song on the album. I guess, reason is acclaimed artist Paul Whitehead painted the cover image. No bell yet? He is the artist who created the covers of the albums; Trespass, Nursery Cryme, and Foxtrot by Genesis. So that is quite a first impression, but who is this multi-instrumentalist? True connoisseurs must have recognized the name immediately, for Fernando Perdome most of all became “famous” for his participation with Dave Kerzner. Out To Sea is solely recorded by Fernando, with only Eddie Zyne playing drums on The Dream.
The album is a true homage to the masters of progressive rock that ruled the seventies. Opener The Architect tributes the Peter Banks area of mastodon Yes, including some very impressive Rickenbacker bass guitar parts. The album's title track is a bit lighter and shows a very nice collaboration of Fernando on guitar as well as himself on the authentic sounding keyboards. But mostly the beautiful melodic parts are doing the trick, resulting is a very nice retro sounding track. De Boerderij is musically a brilliant and recognizable tribute to one of the fines Dutch bands ever; Focus. On the other hand he totally pays tribute to THE progressive rock temple in The Netherlands. Namely Cultuurpodium Boerderij in Zoetermeer, where he performed alongside the aforementioned Kerzner. The album continues very nicely; light, dedicated and authentic are the key words for Fernando. Fine Coral Sitars shine in Roses Spread All Over The World, re-creating the smooth progressive rock combined with jazzy elements from decades ago. Also the tributes to Nektar and Curved Air are an honest way to pay respect to times that have past. When I am listening to the album I honestly don't even miss a vocalist, even though the credited bands all have distinctive voices, the lack of vocals on the album doesn't bother me at all. Probably the way Fernando treats his guitar makes sure the lack of a singer is compensated very well. Piece the resistance of the album is the final track; Dreaming In Stereo Suite. A sixteen minute masterpiece that can easily compete with the best compositions of the bands credited above. A true instrumental epic with smooth organic sounding keyboards. Loaded with numerous guitar solos and brilliant melodies.
I guess Out to Sea is an obligated album for those who hold fine strong memories of the seventies and can appreciate the bands mentioned above, but also fans of Dave Kerzer's music should listen to the album and be surprised but the incredible craftsmanship of this very talented musician.
**** Pedro Bekkers (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)
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