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70's inspired Hackett styled epic Prog production presented in luxury Gatefold Mini-LP style Laminated Card Sleeve with Liner and 24 x 36cm Mini-Poster!

Three years after the debut album: ‘Les Châteaux De La Loire’, ELLESMERE are back and still led by Italian multi-instrumentalist Roberto Vitelli, who wrote all the music and lyrics and he takes care of most of the keyboards and bass parts on the album’s seven tracks, all of which form part of the album’s concept.

Every song on: ‘From Sea And Beyond’ deals with a different aspect of the complex relationship between man and sea, from man’s curiosity and fear towards what is hidden deep inside the sea, to the call for adventure and for travelling to the end of the known world... and beyond.
The sea, the unknown, the infinity grandeur and the human soul are the key themes that tie together the concept that feeds the album.

‘Ellesmere II’ sounds way more energetic and varied when compared to the previous work. It’s not difficult to find similarities with the great Prog acts of the past; YES immediately does spring to mind, but also KING CRIMSON during the raw parts (with a quote from the ‘Red’ album is hidden within the 2nd track). Influences from UK’s challenging jazz Prog music, the symphonic attitude of ELP and tension towards melody of KANSAS are all there, plus the breathtaking chord changing sequences typical of MAGELLAN and CAIRO, plus the intimate and gloomy mood from early Peter Gabriel productions.

The brief opening instrumental section links to the last track of the previous work - still hazy and filled with the sounds of nature as this new journey into the waters begins. The unpredictability of the savage sea is depicted by the alternation of complex and high-impact tracks such as: ‘Marine Extravaganza’, ‘The Schooner’ and ‘Time, Life Again’, then the more pastoral side of the music is revealed in other shorter and quieter pieces such as: ‘Runaway’ and ‘Ridge Fanfare’.

Vitelli asked some outstanding musicians to join him on his journey: Robert Berry (3 / Keith Emerson – vocals), Trey Gunn (KING CRIMSON / David Sylvian / UKZ / SECURITY PROJECT – guitar), David Jackson (VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR / OSANNA – saxophones), Alan Benjamin (ADVENT / MIRTHRANDER - guitars), Brett Kull (ECHOLYN – guitars), Davy O’List (The NICE / ROXY MUSIC - guitars), Keith More (ARENA / John Wetton – guitars), Marco Bernard (SAMRAI OF PROG – bass) and Daniele Pomo (RANESTRANE – drums).

The packaging for ‘From Sea And Beyond’ - a piece of art in itself - was specifically created by the English painter and designer Colin Elgie (part of the famous Hipgnosis studio) and the same guy who drew-up GENESIS’: ‘A Trick Of The Tail’ and ‘Wind And Wuthering’ album sleeves back in the 1970’s.

‘From Sea And Beyond’ is released on 13th December 2018.

Also available by ELLESMERE …
LES CHATEAUX DE LA LOIRE (2015 Mellotron soaked Prog in Gatefold Card Cover) CCCD – Stock # 1799921
LES CHATEAUX DE LA LOIRE (LP-Ltd Vinyl of 2015 Mellotron Soaked Prog epic) LP – Stock # 1800923


01. Tidal Breath (2:13)
02. Marine Extravaganza (11:55)
03. Runaway (6:01)
04. Marine Coda (2:09)
05. The Schooner (11:02)
06. Ridge Fanfare (3:21)
07. Time, Life Again (8:59)

TPT – 45:40