Out Of The Darkness (SyntheSonnd SYN—3282) 1982
Any time an obscure custom record contains a 12-minute track my curiosity is immediately piqued. Tums out this 5-person Monroeville, Pennsylvania outﬁt delivers a fairly accessible brand of soft-rock with jazz-rock and progressive angles both working to keep things interesting. The spacey synths that ﬁgure heavily in the arrangements combined with electric guitar leads and female vocals often make for some similarities to other ‘80s jazz-oriented groups like Tamarack, Omega Sunrise and September. The ballads can sometimes drag but at least there are no sappy strings. Stuff like that looooooooooong progressive title track, however, is where Promised Land really shines. Eight songs total, all written by Steve and/or Noreen Rose. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo and the song list.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Brand New Start||3:08|
|1-2||Because Of You||3:20|
|1-3||He Takes Care Of Me||2:50|
|1-4||Living Without You||6:08|
|1-5||Make Up Your Mind||5:12|
|2-1||In The Presence Of Your Love||3:59|
|2-2||Cast All Your Cares||4:36|
|2-3||Out Of The Darkness||11:58|