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By day, a mild Norfolk museum curator and by night a be-caped purveyor of sophisticated excess, Alistair Murphy's second solo album finds the eccentric keeper of antiquities in fully-fledged Orchestral Rock mode.
Consisting of one twenty minute side-long spanning epic and four shorter pieces, the album revels in its non-digital-era arrangements and 1970s influenced sense of scale.
Orchestrated by Phil Toms and featuring the Ely Sinfonia conducted by Steve Bingham, 'Inside The Whale' also includes the ever-versatile Pat Mastelotto on drums.
Developing further the musical and lyrical themes that marked his quirky debut 'Sometime Soon', 'Inside The Whale' evokes singer-songwriter, Progressive and 20th Century Classical styles.
A modern man adrift in the modern world using modern technology to make a traditional statement of grand intent, The Curator is a fascinating anachronism; not quite of this time or any other.
1. Inside The Whale (20.38)
2. Snakes And Ladders (7.43)
3. The Warmth Of My Pillow (3.48)
4. Courtiers (5.42)
5. First One Home (4.40)