Sunday, 2 August 2020

Blurred Reflections - S/T (EP Review)

Release date: July 12th 2020. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Blurred Reflections – S/T – Tracklisting

1.Fallen Sun 02:59
2.Green Hallways 02:58
3.Painted Gray 06:13
4.Stars in the Void 02:40
5.Weightless Darkness (instrumental) 03:45
6.Gripped By Something More 05:07


Maurice Eggenschwiler - Everything


Blurred Reflections is the solo project of Maurice Eggenschwiler of Blues Funeral and Sanctus Bellum. Maurice recorded this project during Quarantine and tried his hand at playing different styles of music that he’s not known for playing. The debut EP is a mixture of Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Jazz Rock and inspired by bands such as King Crimson and OPETH.

Whilst not perfect, this EP is quite a captivating and adventurous release that does sound eerie familiar to OPETH’s more recent studio output. Maurice plays everything on this release and provides vocal duties a well. You can feel Maurice deep love and appreciation for 70s Prog Rock and Jazz records. As the EP is more inspired by those type of records than compared to modern day genres or sounds.

The lyrics are good for the most part with a few rough moments here and there. Maurice deserves credit for doing something different to what he’s mostly known for with Blues Funeral. The best parts of the EP is perhaps the instrumental parts. As Maurice plays some epic soothing guitar solos that capture the spirit of the Jazz sound that Maurice puts into this EP.

The best songs on the EP have to be: Fallen Sun, Green Hallways and Gripped By Something More.

The only downside of the EP is that some of the songs just unexpectedly end and feel they were about to go into another direction. However, apart from that minor criticism, Maurice has delivered a superbly entertaining and well-crafted release that shows a different side to him and I’m hoping he releases more material under the Blurred Reflections banner.

Words by Steve Howe