Toronto-based Half Past Four combine the zaniness of Zappa, the straightforward prog-rock of Rush and Saga with a pop sensibility that is to die for! The female vocals of Kyree Vibrant highlight the arrangements which also feature mindblowing guitar and a tight rhythm section! It is this group's ability to craft a truly memorable song that sets them apart in the prog crowd - a skill that takes a backseat to atmosphere and bombast so much of the time in so many of the releases in recent years. They aren't afraid to mix styles from many different genres and follow the song where it needs to go rather than trying to force it into a preconceived style. Along with 3rd Degreee and the latest release by Glass Hammer ("Three Cheers for the Broken Hearted") Half Past Four may well be on the way to helping develop a new branch on the prog evolutionary tree! This branch isn't afraid to acknowledge Steely Dan, Saga, Supertramp and even Blondie (!) as well as King Crimson, Genesis, Zappa, et al. A welcome change from the run-of-the-mill prog release, "Rabbit in the Vestibule" stands up very well indeed on repeated playings. And it's great in the car, too!