Next station is the title of the 2nd studio album of the Italian composer and musician Marco De Angelis, which comes 4 years after the release of The River, his 1st studio effort.
A few days ago, I had an interview with Marco, and he told me that he considers Next Station as the continuing of The River, thematically at least. To my ears, the two albums, share a common ground, but in the other hand are different. First of all, Next Station includes only 6 songs, with 2 of them being a lot over 10 minutes in length, wherein The River the longest track was 9 minutes long.
Another important fact is that, Next Station sounds more mature and more “free” in style, mixing influences from many different music styles. But this time, the influences are not as clear as before. There were some songs included in The River, that with the first listen, sounded similar with bands like Marillion of Pink Floyd for example. In Next Station there is not such thing. The sound and style became more personal, and this is a good thing without a doubt.
For the needs of the recordings, Marco worked with some very good singers who should be mentioned. I don’t know if the names Nad Sylvan, Robbie Wyckoff and Göran Edman mean anything to you, but all of them are excellent singers, who during their career worked with some big artists/bands, like Roger Waters, Steve Hackett, Yngwie Malmsteen and Karmakanic, to name a few. As for the instruments, Marco played almost everything by himself, with the drums being the only exception.
Speaking for myself, I consider Next Station as a step forward in comparison with The River, in almost everything.
This is a serious and well-made piece of work.
Give it a try!
For more info, visit: www.nextstation.it
My rating would be 4.0 (out of 5.0) stars.
Here's a small video teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6SwQpUWxrs