The first song from the Troubleshooting Pandora’s Box project, spearheaded by Melodic Revolution Records founder Nick Katona, is “Pyrrha’s Song.” It features Dyanne Potter Voegtlin (keyboard, vocals) and Jan-Christian Vögtlin (bass, guitar, keyboards) from Potter’s Daughter (whose recent album I reviewed) with Jimmy Keegan (drums).
An edgy, symphonic-leaning progressive rock number, “Pyrrha’s Song” is purposefully tense and uncomfortable. Or, rather, never quite comfortable. Stray notes pop up suddenly and harshly within the melody to keep the listener off-balance and paying attention, while the drums crash and vocals test the song’s upper sonic limits, all set interestingly to a laid-back bass line.
This is what progressive rock is all about, putting great musicians in a situation to pursue a concept – not always an unsettling concept, but sometimes and in this case – and try to tell its story through music, typically in unexpected ways. “Pyrrha’s Song” is a cool song and a fun, interesting listen, though by necessity it’s an active listen. If you dig this sort of music, this Troubleshooting Pandora’s Box release is a fine example of it and well worth your listen.
More info about the project (Troubleshooting Pandora’s Box) and the song (“Pyrrha’s Song”) can be found here on this page of the Melodic Revolution Records website.