This review of ‘Beyond Tomorrow’ by Ruby Dawn will be slightly different from usual and, rather than describing the music, instead I will comment on the feelings this music evokes whilst listening to it.
First, a look at he history of the group. Formed in 2019 by Carola Bear, at that time a mainstream Teacher who wanted to express lyrics she had written herself musically. To that end, she searched out musicians who could help turn that vision into a reality and she found musicians who would support her in that vision, these being Dave Salsbury on guitars, Ian Turner on bass and vocals and Adam J Perry on drums. Together they worked on their own songs and attracting the interest of Ireland’s Progressive Ears label) who support lots of upcoming prog bands and artists), they ultimately secured a deal.
The album is very much an expansive and immersive one that uses a plethora of soundscapes and timbres to present something quite unique. You can hear elements of music like Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree, along with a more ambient style of musical voicing. This excellent sounding release marries feeling, strong musicianship and a slightly different vocal phrasing to good effect. The music has a lot of extremely fluid and powerful guitar work from Dave Salsbury who plays up a storm here and it is very pleasing to hear his skilful playing.
I’ve spent a few weeks with this album, really waiting for it to sink in fully and now I think it is definitely beginning to click with me. This is a grower that warrants time and, possibly, the use of headphones to really allow the music to seep into your mind fully. However, when that moment happens, it is very powerful stuff indeed. I am reminded of Steve Hogarth’s unusual vocal stylings at times along with the modern Marillion sound, the inclusion of an ambient sound is also very satisfying as it allows the quirkiness of the group to come through well.
I am really enjoying this music as it has much to commend it, anyone who is prepared for something different will find much to appreciate and to enjoy within its grooves. The album rocks and also shimmers excellently, it evokes feelings of both frustration with how the world is but also offers a hope for better times, of awareness, acceptance and understanding for each other. This is a good thing, music should have meaning and should help instruct as well as entertain. Progressive music should question, encourage debate and thought. It can be a force for change, I feel this album has that potential to do just that, challenging attitudes and perspectives and showing a different way in which to be and to live.
This music brings out those feelings in me and inspires me to be a part of a world that is prepared to engage, to accept others where they are in their lives and to be there when they need support. I think this is something we can all do, be the change rather than being the problem. Allow this music to guide you in such unfamiliar settings and benefit from the satisfaction and fulfilment that can come as a result.
These may be heady thoughts but, somehow, I find this music very inspiring to hear and I appreciate it’s sheer existence. It makes you feel better for hearing it, it is not especially upbeat lyrically, rather it is sincere, which is highly acceptable to these ears. Here are a band who are pushing forward, making music of worth for the open minded and that is totally acceptable to me.
There is, among its twelve tracks, some blistering, scorching guitar work and a highly dynamic rhythm section. Add in the fluid keyboards of Carola and her excellent vocals and it all combines to make a great melting pot of ideas and influences to create something both different and yet familiar sounding.
Heartily recommended, this music should be available from your Doctor as it is good for your heart, soul and well being. This album can be a balm for your troubled or bruised spirit, it is that special. I urge you to get involved with the marvellous music, let it influence your worldview, it is that good! Highly Recommended indeed!
Released 20th April, 2023.
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