Great symphonic progressive rock obviously influenced by classic Yes & Genesis. Two keyboardists, guitar, bass, drums, Chapman Stick, and vocals.
The guitarist has certainly absorbed hours of Howe, Hackett & Fripp but he has also taken in Michael Hedges, Eric Johnson, Roine Stolt, and Clapton, too!
The singer has a voice that is very close to Peter Gabriel in his middle & upper range (a good quality for his other gig as singer for the Genesis tribute band The Waiting Room!) and sort of a cross between Gabriel & Jack Bruce in his lower register. The two keyboardists play mainly a supportive or symphonic role providing beautiful lush backdrops and adding the occassional lead synth line ala Tony Banks. The rhythm section is tight and perfectly tunes to the arrangements. The bassist provides a percolating undercurrent like a cross between Chris Squire & Jeff Berlin. The drummer is very much in the vein of Phil Collins, Neal Peart or Nick D'Virgilio. Every tune on this disc is a gem. The opening song "Fathom" give us a nice Genesis-style song in the vein of 'Eleventh Earl of Mar' or 'Burning Rope'. The title track "Timewise" is a great instrumental recalling some parts of Happy the Man with some nice stick playing that gives the track a slight King Crimson feel. "A Moment's Peace" is a finger-style acoustic guitar piece that recalls Michael Hedges' early work. "Trial & Triumph" returns to the Genesis mode with a track that recalls such classics as 'One For the Vine' or 'Ripples'. "Speak of Me As I Am" continues in glorious Genesis tradition and is another track that would have been right at home on either of the two post-Gabriel/pre-trio albums. In fact the singer sounds so much like Gabriel at times that the listener can easily imagine what those records would have sounded like with Peter at the mic!
"Wayfarer Dance" is another masterful finger-picking acoustic guitar instrumental that is the perfect precursor to the epic "Harvesting Stars".
The final track finds the band in near Yes mode with the keyboards more upfront, melodic Squire-like bass lines and the whole sound kicked up a notch! If the singer sounded like Anderson this would be a great example of Yes-imatation, but perhaps that is for the best. There are other parallels in modern prog, to be sure, (Spocks Beard, Glass Hammer, Nightwinds, Magenta, Izz, a.o.) but none of them did this sound any better than Mind Sky! Highly recommended!!