CD Review – Exit 451 – The Sea Above The Sky
Released: 19 October 2010
by Jade Sperry
The dynamic Montreal trio of Alain Avon (guitars, piano, keyboards and backing vox), Martin Avon (bass, arrangements and backing vox) and JP Alepins (lead vox, backing vox, lyrics, Kaoss Pad and piano) have released a stunningly beautiful package of music to the masses. Beginning with the haunting “You Exist”, this is a song that has tripped-out melodies and chord structures which give it a magical quality in its overall sound. The meaning behind the song for this writer is about freeing yourself from the chains of life you create around you (you can leave it all/set yourself free/you can leave it all/and follow your feeling). Following this is title song “Where The Sea Meets The Sky” which has great drumming, good vocal work overall, flowing melodies and chord structure. The meaning of the song for this writer is lost love and regrets (now that you’re gone/where the sea meets the sky/will you ever come back to me?). The inspired “Morning Star” has tripped out funky reggae beats in a slower time signature but is strongly reggae influenced in its chord structure. Unusual for a song but it works in this one. Other standout songs are “Face Of Maya”, the slower ballad “Somewhere In The Ocean” and another reggae-influenced “The One” which could be about several things that came to mind upon the first listen.
The band Exit 451 has been nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA). The Award show is on November 18, 2010 at The Highlands which is located in the Kodak Theater complex in Hollywood CA. Their nomination is for the song “Where The Sea Meets The Sky” and their US tour is starting in January 2011.
The CD was recorded in Montreal Quebec Canada at The 451 Recording house Inc., produced and mixed by Mark Howard with drums, percussions and Kaoss Pad by Steve Nistor, and mastered by Gavin & Reuben at Lurssen Mastering.