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Singled Out: Mangrove

03/11/2010
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Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Chris Jonker from Mangrove from tells us about the title track from their latest album "Beyond Reality." We now turn it over to Chris for the story:

More than any other song on the album, I would say that although the title track is more that 9 minutes long, its structure is a typical 'song' structure rather than the longer 'epic' tracks on the album. But as we are Mangrove the progressive rock band and not a pop band, we gave this song the typical Mangrove treatment: a more heavy approach towards the end to create a kind of climax, a nice synth solo and even 2 guitar solos. Nevertheless we think this song could interest a wider audience than just the progrock lovers. It has a kind of 'classic rock' song feeling. I think this was the first song we wrote for the album. In contrast to some other songs (like 'Time Will Tell') we wrote this song rather quickly. As soon we had the verses and the choruses it went very fast. I can imagine our excitement when we wrote this song. We felt the song was just so strong. Everything seemed to be right. And after some time, I still think it's a great song. But maybe better to refer to what others said about this title track:

"The nine minute title track brings a new feel to the album with a more aggressive Uriah Heep like attack. Stomping organ mixed with a Ken Hensley like scream, show a far more rock style than anything that has gone before, however it is still wrapped up in masses of atmosphere and fanfare. It's a brilliantly paced track that has you almost welling up with tears during the slower sections and then seconds later banging your head to the driving beat. Add to that the most memorable chorus that's on the album and it's nigh on perfection." - Steven Reid, Sea Of Tranquility

"The title track, 'Beyond Reality', is a mid length track with a lot going for it. Opening with a soft piano introduction the guitar and bass quickly cut injecting some power before cutting back to vocals and acoustic guitar. Instrumental breaks allow for injection of some very emotive guitar work, which manages to impress without the need to go over the top. As the track progresses additional layers build up producing a fuller, richer sound while the vocals take on a more classic rock style." - Simon Hill, New Horizons

Chris Jonker: "I am pleased to let the readers of 'Day in Rock' judge for themselves by downloading the title track for FREE here Enjoy!!"

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