After a period of time, much longer than we originally anticipated, we can now confirm we are in the final stages of getting our new album ready! The first concepts for the artwork and the latest mixes have been sent of to the USA for Zoe to comment on. For the time being all I can tell you is that the album is called “… Out There …” and that there will be 10 tracks on it. Together just over 50 minutes of music!
Oh yes, and a bit of the cover as a teaser:
US site Sea Of Tranquility have done a review of our album. Writer Jon Neudorf gives his honest view and the admirable advice to go listen for yourself. This because he likes the music and musicianship more than the vocals, with the exception of a couple of tracks.
- For me the strong point of the album is definitely the musicianship of Peter Cox. He is an excellent musician.
- Ehinger fares better in the melancholic “The Water Bearer”, lush with keyboards and strings and defined by pretty piano and lead vocals.
- The disc does include three instrumentals with each showcasing the talent Cox possesses both as a musician and as a highly skilled melodicist.
On a whole the album still got 3/5 stars. Read the full review here. Thank you Jon!
Dutch site Rockportaal has written a rather nice review of our album. Here the English translation:
Rock Company is a Dutch record label that was founded in 1987 and has the primary goal of promoting music in every way possible. The label does this by, among other things, releasing music, writing about music and broadcasting music via the internet. Thereby one focuses on progressive rock and related genres.
One of the bands – or even better duo – on this label is Age Of Aquarius. They consist of the Dutchman Peter Cox, who plays all the instruments on this album and the British singer Zoe Ehinger, responsible for all lyrics. Multi-instrumentalist and singer Peter Cox is a name unknown to me in the music business. Nevertheless, the man has been making his mark on the genre for quite some time, as evidenced by his involvement with the groups Chinawhite, Forest Field and Earthshine.
Dawn Of The Age Of Aquarius is about big changes and the destruction of the old, which will eventually create the new. Uranus, God of heaven and heavens, is the ruler of Aquarius. Destruction and change are the most important parts of this sign, which then brings new thinking, creativity and brings people back to life. Reasonably spicy food that you have to be open to.
Musically the album is a lot easier to digest. The ten generally melancholic songs, three of which are instrumental, listen pleasantly and simply. The song structures are generally simple, with the strong guitar playing of Peter Cox having the upper hand. I do not always appreciate the vocals of Zoe Ehinger. In my opinion, her vocals come into its own in more dark-colored songs such as The Water Bearer, Uranian Utopia and the beautiful Mercury Rising. Sometimes she tends to bite off more than she can chew. This is at the expense of purity, such as the more up-tempo Darling Jupiter. The album has a strong final chord with Saturnian Chaos. In addition to the three instrumental numbers, I think the best song. The guitar playing is firmer and more pointed, the rhythm is tighter and the vocals of Zoe Ehinger, who reminds of Grace Jones, are simply very strong.
Thank you Hans!
The Age Of Aquarius, what is the Age Of Aquarius and when does it begin or has it already begun? There is no definitive answer to this question but this is the theme to Peter Cox and Zoe Ehinger’s album “Dawn of the Age of Aquarius”. The duo call themselves Age of Aquarius and are qualified to talk on the subject as anyone as this is their star sign. The music ranges from rock to progressive rock with music written by Peter and vocals and lyrics by Zoe.
Even though there is a sense of fear and uncertainty for our future the album is not all doom and gloom, in fact there are some real rockers especially Peter’s instrumental tracks and there’s moments of humour on the track “Saturnian Chaos” and the upbeat, infectious “Darling Jupiter” add to that very attractive artwork packaging and you have an album that doesn’t copy the well-worn rock album influences. Just like the times we live in the album is full of twists and turns and uncertainties. Maybe this is the beginning of the Age Of Aquarius after all !!
PRESENTER OF ATMOSPHERES/PILLARS OF CREATION
Just found an Italian website review. The original is here, and Google translates it as follows:
There are albums that hit immediately, in the positive, others unfortunately destined not to leave the mark, at least for the writers, as in the case of the Age Of Aquarius. Band unknown by my undersigned, discovered just now by virtue of the review of this new Dawn Of The Age Of Aquarius. The genre proposed by this group formed essentially by a duo that sees Peter Cox on all the instruments and Zoe Ehinger in his voice, is inspired by a kind of light rock with almost pop-ambient grafts, with a look at some sort of almost relaxing. A sound universe difficult to compare with some other rock band. Certainly to be assimilated, this work requires a lot of listening, at least for those who do not find it all day before this kind of sounds. By the way, it is not as bad as work, but you have to have the right predisposition perhaps to accept songs that you can listen to at first and do not like right away. There are tracks that are appreciated as Darlin Jupiter, with guitars being read but with the right rock mood. Or you could point to The Seventh Hymn, which tracks a bit more the rocky road of our favorite music. One exception to this is the very beautiful and varied Saturnian Chaos song, which in some frantic recalls the Deep Purple, but only one song of this magnitude is not enough to lift it all up. A can be defined as a classic pop song with rock guitars. Obviously then there are songs that could safely be omitted from this record as the initial Under One Big Sky, resulting in lack of any sordid and passing immediately into the forgetfulness. However, you have to appreciate and praise the band’s choice of songs with such an album, certainly courageous on their part. They obviously love what they do, even at the cost of not having fun at all. This is always good anyway. Recommended only and exclusively to fans of this genre.
Zoe has made a simple but effective video to go with our beautiful song Mercury Rising. Since she sees this as the dark one, the imagery reflects that very aptly we think. Here it is:
One World Music Radio have published a podcast about our album! In the next podcast you can hear Zoe and me talk about the album and gain some insights in what it is all about. So just hit play.
**update; the original podcast was deleted December 2017. Here it is again:
How cool is this: our track Darling Jupiter has been selected as “Limbo-tick” on LOES FM #Radio! Which means it will play once every 2 hours during the day for the coming month! Check it at http://www.nederlandseradio.nl/loes-fm/#close-popup or on www.shoutcast.com.
Thanks to LazyRocker.com; Marc Schneiders and Raymond Coonen!
Yes finally you can now pre-order our album! Official release is February 3, when it will become available worldwide. For the moment there are 2 possibilities:
1. Go to http://rockcompany.nl/product-category/cd/. It is not only priced as a sale, but the webshop gives you a 17% discount with coupon 2017. But hurry, that is for a limited time!
2. Go to https://ageofaquarius.bandcamp.com/releases. Catch the song Darling Jupiter while you’re there.
Or just use: