It’s the New Year and I’m still banging on about Island records I bought in 2013. Mainstream is anything but, a somewhat jazzy counterweight to the aggressive stylings of EG stablemates King Crimson, Quiet Sun shares the obscurantism and woozy time signatures shifts characteristic of things proggy. And if there enough tranquility about to suggest the band was not mis-named, there are still enough heavy passages to remind one that this is Prog Rock.
A one-off “re-union” album of sorts, Quiet Sun were Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera’s band before he was in Roxy. Subsequent to the Ferry vehicle’s taking off, Quiet Sun re-grouped along with gadfly noise-nik Brian Eno in tow to record this confident début.