Touchstone - Oceans of Time

Oceans of Time
Hear No Evil Recordings/Cherry Red Records
Touchstone are not new to the female fronted progressive rock community, since this is their 4th gull-length album they have released to date. Having as main point of interest the wonderful voice of Kim “Elkie” Seviour. Touchstone have embellished their prog rock with various melodic, metal, rock, atmospheric, pop-rock & modern elements.
I wouldn’t call this a “difficult” album since it does have many enchanting melodies & several easy parts for the average (prog) rock fan, but it also needs several spins to get into it. The musicianship is strong and the keyboardist Robert Cottingham adds various melodic & atmospheric touches on every track. The album recorded and produced by renowned producer John Mitchell (You Me at Six, Lower than Atlantis, Funeral for a Friend, etc.) at Outhouse Studios. The sound is quite good but I’d prefer it to be a tad tighter and crispy.
“Oceans of Time” is a step to the fore for the band as it could lead them to widen their fan base in general. Being around for more than a decade this band does deserve to get more attention and recognition by the melodic (neo) prog rock followers. I guess the co-headlining UK tour with Von Hertzen Brothers will give ‘em an extra boost.