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Solitary Sandpiper Journey

by Karfagen

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impressivelad A wonderfully crafted and composed slice of symphonic progressive rock replete with a large variety of vintage keyboard tones and crunchy guitars. The album is very melodically whimsical in the style of early Genesis perhaps, but at the same time distinct in its own right, sometimes veering into slightly eastern european territory. Overall the composition is very tight and there are memorable motifs throughout, especially on the 20+ minute closer. Much reccomended. Favorite track: Solitary Sandpiper Journey.
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Stephen Clark This is very beautiful Antony. Prog is safe in your hands. Melodic, symphonic, endlessly interesting and unique to you. Lovely!
Magic Moment 04:22
Carpathians 13:49
Mystery 22:00


3rd Karfagen album, released in 2010. Discover the world of advantures and fairytales in a symphonic "poem" - Solitary Sandpiper Journey . Highlighted by incredible paintings from Alla Navrotskaya.

Karfagen returns with a new release in 2010 called Solitary Sandpiper Journey. Joining Antony Kalugin this time are Alexander Pavlov (guitars) and Marina Zacharova (vocals). Together they create the next chapter of Karfagen‘s musical legacy. The music is familiar to the first two releases but with a slightly more driving presence.

Some highlights are “Magic Moment” which has a Celtic feel to it. It also contains beautiful vocals by Marina. "Searching for Love", is another vocal based song, this time with Antony on lead vocals with Marina on backing vocals.

Next highlight is the almost 14 minute instrumental track “Carpathians”. There’s an ethnic sound throughout the song. It also has a heavier guitar presence from around the 10 minute mark, which brings even more character to the music of Karfagen.

Ending off the album is the epic 22 plus minute “Mystery” which alone is worth the price of admission. It features both Marina and Antony on vocals, in some places they duet. “Mystery” is also another song that features a heavier guitar presence yet not over powering. At times the song reminds me of Snow Goose which is a good enough reason to put Karfagen in the classic sounding symphonic band camp.

Solitary Sandpiper Journey is a highly recommended release and has effortlessly become a part of my top favorites of 2010.

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on July 23rd, 2010


released March 1, 2010


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