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Imagine for a moment that you abducted a few musicians from a thousand years or so ago, from the very beginning of the medieval period.  You taught them all the latest developments in modern music then handed them electric guitar, keyboard, and drums.

Ex Reverie is the timeless Philadelphia band that is as mesmerizing as unicorns and magicians still are in our present day literature and movies. Their latest, ‘Praxis,’ is a four-track EP released June 16, 2011.

The groove begins with “Black Butterfly” in which Gillian Chadwick lures the listener with her confident yet delicate vocals.  This opening song would be pure classic rock, oozing influences of Cream, Jethro Tull, and Black Sabbath, if it weren’t for the inclusion of a few spacey rocket whistles.  And that’s what sets Ex Reverie outside of time.  They are the past, present, and future blended into something strikingly charming.  In this case, the opening lyrics certainly seem to ring true, that “Maybe all that’s been is all will be.”

“Old Maps” slows into a lovely trance-like journey, with haunting vocals and gripping bass notes.  The pace then quickens to a gypsy dance as “we wait just beyond the veil” in “Near.” Chadwick’s smooth callings weave into the rhythms of this old-world rock tune, keeping it appealing to the present day.

Ex Reverie signs off with “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” another enchanting musical tale.  Pulsing guitars and primal drums relay the rising drama of this poetic fantasy about castles and queens.

Praxis demands repeated listening, not only for the entrancing musical qualities, but for the depth of its lyrics, which render something new upon each hearing.

Rating: 4.5/5


Listen to Praxis in its entirety here.