As far as the eye can see

by Sunchild

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Highlight Sunchild album released in 2011.

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released August 1, 2011

Studio Live footage:
Visionary Sights
www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=tY1rVRcP5N0
Live in Poland:
www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=pqU5Xi4-Tc0
www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=myNOry-0NuM

and epic Stars of Cardiff Bay:
www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=G_EwfS6op0g

Mixed & mastered by Antony Kalugin. Produced by Antony Kalugin & William Mackie. Officially released on Caerllysi Music (UK) www.caerllysimusic.co.uk - Please buy Sunchild audio cds there.

The more I listen to this album, the more enraptured I am by it.

Sunchild is a project of the prolific Ukrainian musician Antony Kalugin (Karfagen, Hoggwash) and he has brought together an absolute plethora of talented players (instrumentalists and vocalists) to supplement his impressive keyboard virtuosity but somewhat accented yet warm and sonorous vocals. To say that this album has whetted my appetite to acquire the previous Sunchild albums (‘The Gnomon’ (2008), ‘The Invisible Line’ (2009) and ‘The Wrap’ (2010)) would be a considerable understatement, and ‘AFATECS’ is yet another fantastic album of prog rock released in 2011.

I have seen this album described as a “spine-tingling masterpiece”. It is precisely so: and then some! That is what makes this music reviewing job so rewarding – discovering a band or solo artist that one has not previously heard, and being absolutely floored by how utterly stupendous the album under consideration actually is. There’s over 63 minutes of utterly enthralling music here, quite a lot of it trending towards the theatricality of art rock and the intertwining of vocal and instrumental parts that this implies. To commence an album with by far and away the longest track on offer - the epic 15:25 of ‘Stars Of Cardiff Bay’ - is a bold move, but the listener is immediately thrown into an aural melange that pricks the senses with a sonically warm production and fantastic array of instruments to support and complement the male and female vocals: sometimes separate, sometimes in harmony. You will want to hear more; welcome to the story of “the man who sold the Frog”! (You’ll need to buy the album to find out more…)

Vocally, most of the album has male or female vocals leading on alternating tracks from the delicious ‘Ring Of Eternity’ through to penultimate song ‘Visionary Sights’ but with glorious harmonies in support throughout. The female lead vocals (mostly, I think from Olya Chernova, although Victoria Osmachko is also listed) are oh so redolent of Kate Bush at her finest and fit so magically here. Lyrically perplexing at times, yet nonetheless beguiling, there is so much to absorb that I can imaging listening to this album a hundred times and still finding something new to delight!

If you can sample the album, please give a listen to the coupling of ‘March Of Fate’ and ‘Visionary Sights’. I keep hitting the repeat button to hear them over and over…The former has an intro plated on oboe and bassoon (not a frequently encountered instrument in rock music!) and has a verse/chorus structure combined with a fantastic tune that will worm its way into your brain (and there’s some great guitar in there too!) The latter is an utterly lovely, engaging song with a gentle, pastoral feel that segues into the concluding title track to bring this masterpiece to a satisfying culmination.

Quite honestly, the more I listen to this album, the more enraptured I am by it. I know there’s a lot of great prog rock out there at the moment, but please don’t miss this one!

Paul Jerome Smith

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Antony Kalugin - composer, producer, musician, designer
born 11 Feb 1981. Ukraine/ Kharkov

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Track Name: Stars of Cardiff Bay
"Hear the voice that cries from so afar…
It`s audience is oh just spell bound.
Tied up in knots, held in it`s grasp,
Waiting upon every breath,
Waiting upon every sound.
The hands are wheeling franticly,
As it welcomes you to the bazaar,
A figure you could not forget –
Eyes that pierce the weaker soul,
A salesman – for you folk!
Welcome to the Man who sells the Frog!!"

We`re here
In a circle tight,
And we will sing this song tonight.
About starlight,
About fate.
Seems like 10 thousand miles
Before the Golden Gate,
With You, my dear mate.

It took so many corners to cross,
So many battles to fight,
But we were brave enough!
We were drowned,
But still full of resolve
We put to the test our love,
To carry on - we were brave enough!

Castles and valleys,
Parks and squares
Railroads and highways,
Rallies and fairs...!

Check the time before it’s gone
Mesmerized you face the storm,
Choose the colour of your game,
What`ll appear next in your frame?

At times I feel like mad,
I`m still,
Inside the House of Net, I have a nick -
My own shred.
Coffee, sandwich, cookies and the MySpace crap -
Caught in sticky web!

Wait for the sun to go down
Take my car and head for town,
At times I need a place
Where I can chill,
To dance away, to feel the thrill,
To change the deal...

Sitting nicely on a bench,
One more chance to rearrange
The issues that create my fuss
And everything about us!

No one can say for sure
What we’re longing for -
Another time, another place
Another door!
No one can say what’s right
We always want more -
Another face, another role,
Brighter light, deeper hole,
Nicer sight and fancy doll!
Somewhere lost in UK
Stars of Cardiff Bay
Shine!!

Walking slowly on the beach,
I meet a man; he seems to be oh so rich,
He lives on a hill with a hole in the heart,
He fought enough to rich the top -
To build the fortress on a globe,
Now he needs a “stratoscope”!

Now!!
Everyone’s searching for
Another chance, another place
Another door!
And you will never stop -
You still want more -
The golden shore, higher hill,
Bigger car, tasty pill
And your own star!
Somewhere down in UK
It seems that life is OK!
For a stray!

1-2-3-4-5-6-7
All rich people go to heaven!
That’s what you`v learnt,

Can you see the other side?
Where love rains down on us, as light
Take a deep breath, say "hello"!
To your good friend and your foe!

At times I feel like mad,
I`m still,
Inside the House of Net, I have a nick -
My own shred.
Larger, sandwich and the MySpace “field”
Tonight I`ll be overfilled!

Check the time before it’s gone
Mesmerized you face the storm,
Choose the colour of your game,
What`ll appear next in your frame?
Track Name: The Ring of Eternity
It takes so long, to relive the pain of lost,
It takes so long to make your spirit fly,
And as it burns – it cuts deep, hurts inside,
Disconnected ties, winter chill outside!

Strange feeling running through my vein,
It takes me high, like I`m here with you again,
Within our soul, within our memories
Recall these days, I beg you please!

You can take me,
To that one lost golden summer,
Where we were kids, where traces lead,
To the Ring of Eternity...

So much to remember, oh so much to forget,
I drop a note on your flowerbed,
And as we sail away with memories,
Recall these days, I beg you please!

You can lead me
To the one more glorious solstice!
Where we sow seeds, where traces lead,
To the Ring of Eternity!!
Track Name: Seven Kings
In a place
Where seven Kings rule the world,
Where all do as they’re told -
Words don’t come easy to me...

Where’s the Power, no Glory
And Justice is gone,
Words don’t come easy to me...

Do you still have a hope?
A hope that never fades
While you`re free as the sunlight
You can see so many ways
Are you still brave enough?
Even cut off from your scene,
Can you tell the Love from routine?

In a place,
Where everything has its price,
Think twice,
It’s fire on ice -
Crime that is so hard to see.

With empty smile
They locked you up,
They want you to stop
And kill your dignity.

Do you still have the strength?
To walk down this road,
While the seven kings are fighting
Seven jesters strike the keynote!

You get used to being used,
You are the victim of a madman’s caprice,
Yes now you’re confused -
Things are not as they used to be!

In a place
That’s filled with substitute
Lots of dead time on You Tube,
Words don’t come easy to me...

They’re doing their best,
To pretend they are safe
From the cradle to the grave,
Who can tell me now -
What it means to be free?

Will you leave me now?
When I need you so much!
Will you break the spell?
Will you be out of touch?

Please help me to be who I am,
I’ll never ask you for more...
In this logical game
In this reckless war...
Track Name: Mirrors
There is a pretty nice flat
Where a family live in peace
A wife, a husband, a cat
I guess that they know what love is
A bit disappointed when they married
Cause nobody told them
Love likes when one holds and feeds it

Every morning she wakes at 6 a.m.
And oh, he doesn’t, he goes to sleep too late again
Is it a problem? No, it’s just freaking her out!
Itch inside her head makes her heart cry and doubt

Look at each other
Is it so hard to live for another being?
Compassionate to others’ sins
Like moles we dig further
Discovering the light inside
We realize that we’re just mirrors of each other

One day she wakes to say she had a dream with someone else
He was ready to flare, swallowed hard, but then embraced her
Brought smelling tea and some candies
She melted and said he was unique amazing dandy

Each time he shows his anger when they talk
Resentment fills her, an iron wall she builds around
Is it a problem? No, it’s just a misunderstanding
Should we doubt every day and pretend it is the ending?

Look at each other
Is it so hard to live for another being?
Allow compassion to these sins
Like moles we dig further
Heading for the light inside
We realize that we’re just mirrors of each other

Our world is lacking kindness
Girls are seeking princes, who’ll meet their ideals
Maybe such love is normal on other planets
There are many reasons for our appearance on Earth...
I’m fighting, I’m fighting, still fighting, fighting with myself
I’m fighting; I’m fighting and growing stronger…. as we
Look at each other............
Track Name: Gordian Knot
Motionless, they stand near
Watching stranger on the ground -
Is it me lying at your feet?
On the bottom of a street?

Phone: "It was cloudless every day,
And fathomless pit all night long"
Why didn`t you say it was too late?
Thunderstruck by a "gong"
I realized - it was a wrong turn...

My life like a Gordian Knot,
I know the lie before it`s been told,
And this life like a hurricane
Turn our plans and dreams again.

Narcissus would like to pretend
He has something to defend –
Disregard of a movie star -
Will it last so far?
School for boys and fashion girls
All-prize lottery with a wax Rolls-Royse
Time for "acid" and frustration -
Another victim for the mouth of the Nation

My life like a Gordian Knot,
Round about, but still far from Jack Pot,
And this life like a hurricane
Turn our plans and dreams.
My thoughts are so unclear,
Yes, I need your care my dear,
And this heart like a Gordian Knot
You can cleave with a single shot....

My life -
Scattered hopes of a "moll" -
An empty hall
With an empty plate,
Drowning - battle of the words
Salesman cries - It is too late...

Too late - Empire falls,
Nurse is coming
And will cork this magic hole,
On a bed like a Gordian Knot
She will cleave you after all....
Track Name: Rising
I don`t know what to say now,
I don`t know what to do
Tears lay frozen on my cheek -
I can`t stop thinking of you!

All of a sudden
Came a reason to my life,
Emotions blinded -
You switched them on, for once alive!

Rising!
Our love!
Don`t make any promises,
I don`t want to loose it again,
Don`t want to feel this pain, anymore...

You`re the morning haze
Gently covering my bed,
In the mirror i can see your face,
I can hear the words you’ve said:

Rising!
Our love!
Don`t make any promises,
I don`t want to loose it again,
Don`t want to feel this pain!
You were meant to be from the start!
You are the owner of my bleeding heart.

Here with my coffee,
Past two o'clock in the night,
Feeling helpless - no escape in sleep,
Only time will tell what is right!

Rising!
Our love!
Don`t make any promises,
I don`t want to loose it again,
Don`t want to feel this pain!
You were meant to be from the start!
You are (you are)
The speechless prayer of my heart!
Track Name: March of Fate
I can`t sleep there`s so much
That I need to say,
March of fate - broken heart -
I can`t find my way...
Careless words, ceaseless quarrel
And dirty ware,
And regret - can`t forget -
I`m going nowhere...
Shall I care for it now?
When I know that everything
Is broken, stolen and smashed down!

Don`t tell me once again this lie -
"They fake and take, while you live"
Seven corner stones of life -
"They deal and steal, while you give!"

Speechless child in the cold of night,
Curls of sin blinds my sight.
You can take your advance
And ride on your jag,
You can live in a trance
And then hide in the dark...
Restless night bind with fright,
Like in pantomime,
Be precise, don`t idealize
Impulse of your crime

Don`t tell me once again this lie -
That frontiers came down,
You are blinded by synthetic sun
In a world overrun!

Don`t tell me once again this lie -
That frontiers came down,
Life devalues under the leaden sky
In a glass of a clown!
You can sell your soul,
Trying to reach the goal,
Turn and face the gun.
Can you cheat the bullet
Till the curtain falls?
In a world overrun!!
Track Name: Visionary Sights
Visionary sights all around
Starlit night falls on tired ground,
Imaginary lights and silhouettes -
I`ll disappear without regrets-
To light a corner of the dark,
To be the spirit you’ve left behind.

I`ll show you pictures from the past
And tell you stories till the dusk,
We`ll share the wine, and the bread
Then I`ll disappear without regret
To light a corner of your room
To be the flashlight in the gloom.

You’ll not be anchored all alone,
I`ll leave some coins on the stone -
I`ll keep the fire while you sleep
I`ll be the guide line of your trip...

And I`ll be everywhere to help you,
I`ll be there to hold your arm,
Across the burning sky
I`ll fly!!
I can be shameless, if you want,
I can be Guru or a font,
I`ll be the one, who call your name
Tonight!!

Everywhere!
And I`ll be everywhere to help you,
I`ll be there.....
Track Name: As Far As the Eye Can See
Strange days, stranger ways
Everything`s surreal...
Bright green sky and a purple meal.
Just confirms the way I feel
Tell me my feet stand here on the ground,
Tell me yesterday was that dream -
Thunder like a symphony of sound

That`s tainted the things I feel
That`s tinting You and me
As far as the eye can see
How I wish (How I wish)
It to last forever!
How I wish (How I wish)
To turn back the pages
Uh, something never changes...

Chocolate figurines
Welcome at your door,
It`s quite and warm -
I feel like Alice in a candy store.
All that I touch and all I breath
Is thousand miles deeper than any sea
Tell me yesterday was that dream
That`s tainted the way I see

Just a flash in time!
Just a light on my way!
Climb aboard the final train
Arriving where no one dares to say...

A light burns bright
As the wheel keeps rolling,
It`s a message waiting for me
I can hear the calling.
Feel myself going way down
Into the trapdoor of life -
As far as the mind can believe endlessly,
As far as the eye can see...
That`s tainted the things I feel
That`s tinting You and me
As far as the eye can see
How I wish (How I wish)
It to last forever!
How I wish (How I wish)
To turn back the pages
Uh, something never changes...

Just a flash in time!
Just a light on my way!
Climb aboard the final train
Arriving where no one dares to say...

It`s a glimpse of truth
In a boundless sea of trust!
It`s your first morning move
Visions unsurpassed...

The man (who sold) the frog (who sold)
The man (who sold) the frog (that sold)
The man (who sold) the frog (who sold)
The man (who sold) the frog (that sold)
The man.... .

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