Leon : Tumbletown is the project of a number of experienced Dutch musicians. It all started with the band Seven Day Hunt, in which singer / guitarist Han Uil and bass guitarist Aldo Adema played, however in 2009 both men decided to quit the band to pursue other interests. They focused on new projects but during the writing of Uil's solo album the men worked together once again, writing a song together, they liked it so much that they decided to start Tumbletown. The first album 'Done With The Coldness' was released by the duo in 2013 with the help of a number of guest artists, including pianist Erik Laan. For the new album 'Never Too Late', Laan became an official member of the ‘band’, and his son Arjan Laan joins on the drums as a guest artist. What happens when you put a group of experienced progressive rock artists together to record an album?
The answer: a very well-made album. You can hear in the music that the musicians have extensive experience in making and writing music. The music strongly reminds me of progressive rock from about twenty years ago, but it doesn’t really feel dated. The men are clearly inspired by bands such as Pink Floyd and Marillion and the music is in line with what these bands sound like, although it doesn’t sound like a clone of either. The compositions are quite interesting, the production is good, and the instrumentation is fine too. There are some very nice sounding guitar solos, the keyboard parts are very interesting and sound fresh, the drums support well and provide a nice groove, and the bass guitar is clearly present with melodies that are well thought off. When talking about the instrumental skills of the band one can only be happy. Also the vocals of Uil are quite alright, he may not have a big range but he does have a very distinctive voice that reminds me a bit of Steve Hogarth (Marillion).
There is little to say about 'Never Too Late' that isn’t good, the whole album is put together really well and is interesting to listen to, in terms of composition. That said, I also believe that it is not a sky shattering album, there are other bands that are doing the same thing, but slightly better. Probably it will be mainly the fans of the aforementioned groups and other, older, progressive rock bands that will enjoy this album. For me it is not an album that I will listen to again, although rationally I think the album is pretty good, it just doesn’t connect with me that much. Sometimes that happens, Pink Floyd doesn’t really do anything for me either, but they’re also a really good band. Tumbletown may not be as good as Pink Floyd, but they have absolutely made a good album that deserves to be heard.