With the amount of records being released in the present era, ranging from the bedroom to high-class studio productions, it is quite a challenge to satisfy my hunger for music lately. Most of this has to do with the fact that the music being released today lacks sincerity. Maybe I am stuck badly to the old-school understanding of rock music, but even though I try so hard, it happens quite a lot that I cannot understand and enjoy the modern music. The sound of 1970s is my comfort zone.
Samuel Dales from Melbourne, Australia could be described as a true progressive rock/metal artist with touches of metal here and there, offering well-thought melodies, interesting vocal arrangements, and passages that connect the dots that are quite enjoyable. Dales, who is obviously the key person for this project, is a multi-instrumentalist who absolutely shines on his sophomore studio release Past is Perfect. Although his voice tells the story, Dales does a great work with his guitar — backing up the vocal melody most of times.
On the 10-track album, Dales shows that Past is Perfect has a lot to offer. With often changes, Samuel distances himself from delivering just a pure, lifeless showcase of technical proficiency, something that he definitely has, but rather presents the work that is alive, dynamic and above all, interesting.
References to various stylistically different artists can be heard in Dales’ music. His explorations within progressive rock genre speaks of that, but he is not afraid to delve deeper and expand his horizons. As Past is Perfect flows by, a listener is taken to a sound-trip that gets more metal-esque. Each of the songs on the album has its own personality, and labelling this record under a single genre would do this artist a lot of injustice.
To summarise, Past is Perfect is a record largely based on the progressive rock genre channelling many different elements. This is a true epic, both in length and amount of quality material, which requires quite a few listens to get into it. How far Samuel Dales is ready to go? Time will tell. But for now he is on the right path.