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Trion, Netherlands




Trion - Tortoise. 2003 Cyclops (UK); 2013 Oskar (Poland)
Trion - Pilgrim. 2007 Cyclops (UK); 2007 Belle Antique (Japan)
Trion - Funfair Fantasy. 2013 Oskar (Poland)

At this point, it appears the band has no web presence whatsoever. You can find samples, but they don't look authorized. I hope they haven't called it a day, though I could certainly understand if they did.

--- Tortoise

I don’t tend to scour the Cyclops catalog in search of my next purchase, but Trion proves once again the label does have surprises up their sleeve (like Henry Fool for example). Basically this is a guitar, mellotron (all sampled), drums trio playing symphonic instrumental progressive rock. For a non-Reconstructed prog head like me, this fits the bill entirely. It’s like discovering a new burger joint with a great tasting meal. Yea, it’s not new, but darn if a good double meat with cheese doesn’t hit the spot! Trion is very much of the Dutch variety of progressive rock. Generally that means the music tends to be mid-paced, highly melodic, and somewhat rhythmically uninteresting. So it always gets down to the execution of melodies and the change of tone and color (check out the obscure  Mirror and Lethe some time to see what I'm referencing). And here is where Trion excels mightily. Plenty of nice electric leads are contrasted with acoustic guitar strumming. The mellotron (with many different tape samples – not just the usual suspects) provide the color and tone. The group that comes most to mind is Lady Lake. Other references are Camel (of course) and Focus "3", and maybe even the Swedish group Dice in their slower moments.

--- Pilgrim

Trion is a made-up word that combines trilogy and mellotron, which gives a pretty good idea where these lads are going musically. The group is made up by members of the veteran Dutch progressive rock bands of Odyssice and Flamborough Head. Their charter, as it were, is to play instrumental rock music utilizing only analog instruments and 70s era recording techniques. While Tortoise is an impressive debut, Pilgrim is even better as they add more diversity in the keyboards (not just mellotron samples). As well, more acoustic guitar is deployed than prior, adding some much needed contrast.

--- Funfair Fantasy

I had held off purchasing Funfair Fantasy, as the initial ratings and reviews seemed to demonstrate a downturn in quality. But no, that's not the case at all. If you liked the first two, then Funfair Fantasy will be certain to delight. Trion is a conservative bunch, and there are few surprises to be found. I picked up a bit of a jazz undertone this time, which I consider a major plus. Still, no denying this is fastball-down-the-middle instrumental symphonic progressive. The "nothing new here" crowd will want to steer well clear of this act. Sometimes I'm not looking for new, but perhaps a new recipe on an old favorite. And that's what Trion excels at.

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