In the press release for the debut album by bi-continental group Systems Theory they say "For fans of Tangerine Dream, King Crimson, Synergy, Jade Warrior, Radiohead, Embryo, David Torn, Porcupine Tree, Mike Oldfield, Djam Karet, Can, Bill Nelson, Ashra Tempel, Radio Massacre International, Hawkwind, William Orbit, Kraftwerk, David Sylvain." Most of this seems pretty appropriate though I would add Sonus Umbra, Pink Floyd (early 70s), SFF & even a hint at Yes here and there. I don't know about the Radiohead & Hawkwind comparisons but I definitely hear the King Crimson, Tangerine Dream and Jade Warrior references and hints at most of the others. This is, however, quite a nice recording in its own right. Mellotron fans should take special note of the real Mellotron M400 played by Scotsman Mike Dickson who also contributes Hammond organ, bass pedals, synthesizers, sequencers, acoustic piano, timpani, "Hitler" sound collage on track 9 sound and vocal effects, sample loop programming. Two Americans make up the other members of this trio. Greg Amov is described by the group as a 'real' musician who dabbles in technology contributing synthesizers, sequencers, MIDI electric piano, viola, fuzz violin, E-bow guitar, percussion and sample loop programming. Steven Davies-Morris is described as a technologist who 'fiddles around with real instruments'.
Pretty good 'fiddling around' since apparently he is responsible for the lovely acoustic guitar parts and the thunderous bass adding guitars, bass, synthesizers, MIDI acoustic piano, percussion, handclaps sound and vocal effects, MIDI, soundfont, sample loop and drum programming!
There are some guests adding a bit of color here & there on flute, electric guitars, dulcimer & violin. Overall this is a perfect marriage of progressive rock sensibilities with ambient textures. Jade Warrior in their heyday never sounded better. Tangerine Dream would've killed to have made this album and it would've been a worthy addition to the output of Robert Fripp or David Torn or David Sylvain. As for Porcupine Tree I could say that Steven Wilson is a great producer and engineer but he never made a record that sounded better! This all-instrumental album should be played LOUD and OFTEN! Highly recommended!