***SYMPHONIC PROGRESSIVE ROCK QUARTET'S UPLIFTING THIRD ALBUM 'THE RISING' RELEASED OCTOBER 11th***
"'22 Layers Of Sunlight' eschews the necessarily eclectic approach of 'Invisible Din' for a more mature, measured record... 'Sensual Earth' is impressive in its arrangement, vaulting time changes and cascading scale, particularly as the symphonic section gives way to a wild guitar solo. There are modern mannerisms throughout. However, balance is the keyword here: between classic and contemporary, digital and analogue, musicality and 'the grid'. 22 Layers... well constructed then." (Matt Parker – Prog magazine April 2018).
"The debut gently washed over you at times and this follow-up has the same gorgeous wave-like feel with Tony Lowe showing how he can open out this music to delight. 'God Of Denial' has a softly pulsing feel with a Roger Waters-type delivery and soundscape intention. It starts with a big canvas, never urging, always bringing you to its beguiling notes gently...The music wanders beautifully and reminds us that what we find when we just wander is worth a million to-do lists. That it occasionally sounds like early Genesis is a huge plus.... This is an album that will reward your time with real richness. Listen to it in the summer sunlight and
be caressed by the sound." (Steve Swift, Fireworks Magazine Summer 2018 issue)
Tony Lowe's supreme symphonic progressive rock collective ESP Project have lined up the release of their hugely accomplished, upbeat and powerful third album, 'The Rising', on the Sunn Creative label on October 11th.
'The Rising' effortlessly picks up from where '22 Layers Of Sunlight' left off, the tight four piece band shimmying through an emotive landscape sculpted by the powerful and moving music of Tony Lowe, coupled with the insightful and heartfelt lyrics of vocalist Damien Child, an accomplished actor and singer with many years of experience in national TV, radio and West End Theatre. Born into a musical family, Damien grew up listening to his father telling stories of being in a band with his cousin Graham Nash as a youth, (before being told by his Mum to 'get a proper job').
'The Rising' has all the hallmarks of the first two ESP releases, with Tony's symphonic compositions and arrangements weaving in and out of evocative and passionate vocal sections, delivered with both sensitivity and power in all the right places by Damien with his versatile and poignant vocals. Threaded through with Tony's unmistakable guitar and keyboard playing, the fluid grooves of Pete Clark's bass, and all underpinned by the intense energy of Greg Pringle's drums, 'The Rising' exudes 'classic third album' syndrome.
The 'ESP Project' began in 2016 with 'Invisible Din' featuring a host of well-known guest musicians, including Mark Brzezicki (Big Country, Procol Harum), David Cross (King Crimson), David Jackson (Van der Graaf Generator), Phil Spalding (Steve Hackett, Mike Oldfield), Steve Gee (Landmarq), John Young (Lifesigns), Pat Orchard, Alison Fleming (Tony Lowe), John Beagley and electric harp from Yumi Hara (Daevid Allen, Hugh Hopper).
Prog Magazine's Gary McKenzie reviewed 'Invisible Din' in January 2017 stating that "From the first moments of 'Overture' it's apparent we're dealing with quality, with punchy drums, the strains of analogue synths, woodwind courtesy of VdGG's David Jackson (who appears beside John Young, Steve Gee and more here), and guitar interwoven in a bold, expansive statement of intent... As a new force on the symphonic prog block, 'Invisible Din' is as good an opening salvo as you're likely to get."
'22 Layers of Sunlight', the second ESP project (2.0) album, a collaboration between Tony Lowe & Peter Coyle with Pete Clark on bass and Mark Brzezicki on drums, raised the bar even higher with its deeply evocative songs and fluid, flowing soundscape.
'The Rising', recorded with talented drummer Greg Pringle (Pete Townshend, Simon Townshend, Bernie Marsden etc.) is now all set to blast the ESP Project into Prog Rock's heady stratosphere.
***CELEBRATED SYMPHONIC PROGRESSIVE ROCK ENSEMBLE'S '22 LAYERS OF SUNLIGHT' ALBUM RELEASED APRIL 20th***
"ESP is a light disguise for Tony Lowe and Mark Brzezicki, and while the latter may be more familiar from Big Country, Lowe enjoys credentials as guitarist /producer for names such as Roger Daltrey, Julian Lennon and David Cross. From the first moments of 'Overture' it's apparent we're dealing with quality, with punchy drums, the strains ofanalogue synths, woodwind courtesy of VdGG's David Jackson (who appears beside John Young, Steve Gee and more here), and guitar interwoven in a bold, expansive statement ofintent... As a new force on the symphonic prog block, 'Invisible Din' is as good an opening salvo as you're likely to get."(Gary McKenzie, Prog Magazine January 2017)
Vocalist Peter Coyle (ex-Lotus Eaters) has joined forces with renowned composer / producer / guitarist Tony Lowe and ace session drummer Mark Brzezicki to record ESP 2.0's superlative, uplifting new album '22 Layers Of Sunlight', set for release on the Sunn Creative label on April 20th.
'22 Layers Of Sunlight', the follow up to the collective's highly acclaimed 'ESP Invisible Din' debut album, released late in 2016, is an even more accomplished body of work which raises the bar way, way higher than its predecessor. Each and every one of the deeply evocative and stunningly original songs contained on '22 Layers Of Sunlight' merges passionate vocals and intricate soundscapes, often with complex rhythmic structures, all overlaid with modern progressive rock elements and orchestral movements.
Peter Coyle, who created the concept and wrote the lyrics for '22 Layers Of Sunlight', states that "Making music is the deepest part of our lives... it takes just over a second for the light from the moon to reach us... it takes a lifetime to share the wonder of that with others... and that is what we feel we have done with '22 Layers Of Sunlight'."
ESP 2.0 have lined up a series of gigs prior to and ensuing the release of '22 Layers Of Sunlight' which was recorded with bassist Pete Clark and keyboardist Richard Smith, who will complete the live band line-up at the following shows:-
17th April LONDON The Half Moon Putney 21st April WINCHESTER The Railway Inn 11th May MILTON KEYNES The Stables 6th July FROME Merlin Theatre (Somerset) 15th July BILSTON The Robin 2 20th July BOX The Queens Head (Wiltshire)
Peter Coyle, who formed The Lotus Eaters, in 1982, is best known for his international hit 'The First Picture Of You', which still enjoys regular airplay on many radio shows today. Peter, who left the Lotus Eaters in early 2017, has also written and recorded with Toyah, The Lightning Seeds' Ian Broudie, Space's David Yorkie Palmer, OMD's Mal Holmes and Heaven 17's Martyn Ware. Tony Lowe has played guitar with such artists as Julian Lennon, Roger Daltrey, Simon Townshend and The Pet Shop Boys, while as a producer he has worked with the likes of Bram Stoker, David Cross & Robert Fripp, John Foxx, Toyah, Chris Gray, Simon Townshend and more. Big Country drummer Mark Brzezicki has also worked with Phil Collins, Sting, Procol Harum, The Cult and Midge Ure.
***Debut Symphonic Progressive Rock Album Released 11th November***
ESP - Invisible Din', the debut album and band project formed by producer / guitarist Tony Lowe and drummer Mark Brzezicki, is nothing other than a masterpiece symphonic progressive rock concept album that will quite simply take your breath away. 'Invisible Din' which will be released on November 11th on the Sunn Creative label, touches on the musical realms of artists such as Genesis, King Crimson, Alan Parsons, Brand X, Yes, and Roger Waters, combining these elements to craft a sublime new sound.
Tony Lowe, who wrote and produced the album, has collaborated as a sought-after guitarist with such artists as Julian Lennon, Roger Daltrey, Simon Townshend, Pet Shop Boys and Julien Clerc. As a producer he has worked with the likes of Bram Stoker, David Cross & Robert Fripp, John Foxx, Toyah, Chris Gray, Simon Townshend and many more. Mark Brzezicki, while widely known as the incredible drummer in Big Country who contributed so much to their signature sound, can also boast an awesome list of live and studio credits, including Phil Collins, Sting, Procol Harum, The Cult and Midge Ure.
Tony and Mark called on the talents of a variety of special guest musicians to record 'Invisible Din', including David Cross (ex-King Crimson) on Violin, David Jackson (ex-Van der Graaf Generator / Peter Gabriel) on Sax and Flutes, Phil Spalding (ex-Elton John / Mike Oldfield) on Bass, Steve Gee (Landmarq / ex-John Wetton) on Bass, John Young (ex-Asia / Fish / Paul Rodgers) on Keyboards, John Beagley (ex-Simon Collins / Tom Kraus) on Vocals, Yumi Hara (Daevid Allen & Chris Cutler) on Electric Harp, Pat Orchard on acoustic guitar and long-time Tony Lowe associate Alison Fleming on vocals.
Tony and Mark have lined up the 'ESP - Invisible Din' Album Launch Gig at 229 The Venue (2), Great Portland Street on November 11th, which will involve performances from many of the album contributors, as well as the immensely talented Mickey Simmonds, who has previously worked with Mike Oldfield, Fish and Camel, on keyboards.
Outlining the story and concept to 'ESP - Invisible Din', Tony Lowe reveals that "The songs evoke a man's childhood memory of illness and a ghostly, healing presence of beauty as he ventures into the realms of the astral world. The music and lyrics encompass the yearning we have for that elusive other, the dream partner, crossing the line between reality and fantasy as he ventures into the unknown."
'ESP – Invisible Din' elevates the listener into a strange and mesmerising musical landscape; expertly performed by consummate musicians who effortlessly and elegantly convey the intensity and beauty of the concept.