If you are looking for new progressive rock based on classic 70’s UK conceptualised storytelling then Hound Of The Baskervilles ticks every box. What i like the most about some of the ‘new’ prog around at the moment is that it dispels with much of the stuff that gave it a tarnished name in the first place (namely pretentiousness and gratuitous soloing). Looking Glass Lantern safely banish all that nonsense into the closet and instead concentrate on finely crafted songs who’s complexity is masked with melody aplenty and well structured arrangements.
‘Hound’ is one of those albums that grabs you on first listen and just gets better with every play. For a quick taster I would recommend Baskerville Hall, The Light Upon The Moor and the masterpiece which is the eponymous The Hound Of he Baskervilles.
LGL’s first album A Tapestry Of Tales also drew on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for inspiration and in my opinion the glove fits perfectly. Undeniably English, dramatic and with plenty of plot twists the dialogue (lyrics) provide a perfect backdrop to an often semi-pastoral feel that evolves into perfect string arrangements overlaid by vocals that can change from the feel of a subtle lullaby into overwhelming emotion.
I grew up listening to Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Midnight Mushrumps and The Snow Goose. I make no excuses for the claim that this album sent a tingle down my spine the way those albums did all those years ago. LGL may not be widely known outside the fan base that voted them into the Aurovine top ten but you are as ‘sure as eggs is eggs’ going to hear about them in the future.
LGL are in fact the entire creation of one Graham Dunnington. He deserves your support.