Trip the Life Fantastic

by Drifting Sun

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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) To me, "Trip The Life Fantastic" was a must-buy on "Bandcamp Friday" this time. It's one of the few "Drifting Sun" albums not already found in my collection, and an essential one, because it marks the beginning of the prolific collaboration of composer/keyboardist Pat Sanders and lyricist/singer Peter Falconer, which was, in my opinion, the best creative pairing the band ever had. Favorite track: Five Ever.
baudelagon
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baudelagon Just perfect ! Le chant est magnifique, très pur. Favorite track: Five Ever.
Pete Roberson
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Pete Roberson I presently have a couple of your previous albums and enjoy both of them immensely. By finding this one on Bandcamp I see you have more music that I was not aware of. I will be checking that out as well. Drifting Sun exemplifies the beauty of the progressive rock melodies and moods. just fantastic stuff.
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1.
They call me the dreamer They call me the spirit guide They call me the lover of every heart that’s left behind They call me the wanderer They call me the solitude They call me the dreamer They call me the spirit guide I could take you to the highest mountain I could take you to the end of time When you turn to me and say you need me Darling one, where do we go from here? I could take you to the edge of reason I could take you to the stars beyond When you turn to me and say you want me Darling one, where do we go from here? And if we stand, stand together I could let you in my life And if we stay, stay together I could let you share my life... my life fantastic I could take you to the edge of reason I could take you to the stars beyond When you turn to me and say you need me Darling one, where do we go from here? I could give you all the empty shadows I could give you all the tender words If you look at me and know I love you Darling one, where do we go from here? They call me a dreamer They call me a witch and I did nothing They call me the end They call me the start of all that matters Come to me, stand together I can share it all with you And now you are here We’ll stand, we’ll stand together I can let you share my life... life fantastic This is what you wanted from me And I give it to you freely (4x) They call me the dreamer They call me the spirit guide They call me the wanderer of every heart that’s left behind This is what you wanted from me (They call me the dreamer) And I give it to you freely (They call me the spirit guide) (2x) They call me the dreamer They call me the spirit guide They call me the wanderer of every heart that’s left behind They call me the dreamer They call me the spirit guide They call me the lover of every heart that’s left behind (You could share my life fantastic) (4x)
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The Wizard 06:34
Behind every story must be a history Behind every lie must be a truth Before a legend turns to myth It must be twisted out of hand Behind the twisting of the words you may have heard There glows an ember - secret of sincerity He was the wizard The chieftain of his clan The greatest of his breed The birth of a nation The Odysseus star It came like a thunder through the midst of time Pierced through the scarred Those who saw him rise Were soon to fall Those who saw him rise He came to clear the land of those who prayed upon the weak He came to free the sons of evil fathers who would dare to speak his name He came to sow the seeds of hope across the bloody land All this and more, the power in the wizard’s mighty hand Father Constance rode a chariot of fear He drove the people screaming praying for deliverance The constant difference of love and hate was withering away The Wizard came and Father Constance fought through night and night and day People came to witness every blow The shock of fire and lightning rain down hard And rude Father Constance, fell to his knees A deathly pale, the wizard took his final breath away The only thing he feared was in the darkness of his heart The only thing he feared will one day tear his very soul apart (The only thing he feared was in the darkness of his heart) How can you deny his power? How can you deny his majesty? Hidden away, a shack of despair and solitude No one saw the torture in his selfish nemesis Have you seen the wizard? Have you seen his majesty? Have you seen the wizard? Have you seen his majesty? How can you deny his power? How can you deny his majesty? (2x) 700 years of keeping evil from the world 700 minutes locked away from all he loved 700 seasons till they found him Nothing left but dust… nothing left but dust The wizard came to nothing Just as all who came before Came to nothing Just as everything that came before Behind every story must be a history Behind every lie must be a truth
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Sunsets 02:42
5.
Lady Night 07:53
Advertising Linda, hanging in the night Like a crystal chandelier, but twice as bright Like stockings punctuate the shape And the supplements you offer And your lipstick guarantees that your lips will open freely for a price Do you like what you see? What will it be? Honey, can you afford me? You are the escape from our human misery Open your smile for me, Lady Night This is the museum of unnatural history Turning the wrong into right In the splendor of the evening You stand there like an angel On the questions and the morals of our lives In the daytime we will spite you By night we will invite you Into the greedy sacred rhythms of our heart We will dine Do you like what you see? What will it be? Honey, can you afford me? You are the escape from our human misery Open your smile for me, Lady Night This is the museum of unnatural history Turning the wrong into right Take away my sorrow Take away the feeling in my soul You’ve got what I need; it’s all I can see And my heart is broken freely for your price Won’t you take away my sorrow? Won’t you take away the feeling in my soul? You are the escape from our human misery Open your smile for me, Lady Night You are the escape from all this misery in my life Open your smile (You are the escape from our human misery) Open your smile (Open your smile for me, Lady Night) Open your smile (This is the start of unnatural history) Lady Night (Turning the wrong into right) (You are the escape from our human misery) You got what I need (Open your smile for me, Lady Night) It’s all I can see (This is the start of unnatural history) Open your smile for me, Lady Night (Turning the wrong into right) Turning the wrong into right Take away the feeling in my soul... Lady Night You got what I need; it’s all I can see And my heart is broken freely for your price
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Five Ever 08:33
You stand before the light You wait to hear the sound You look for comfort here Come to my arms, my dear ‘cos I love you forever Yes I love you forever You ask if this is real Just know the way it feels It’s not the first time Make it the last time But I love you forever Yes I love you forever Don’t shed a tear Forever I’ll be here You were mine forever No escape to never You will put your promise to the test I will never put this love to rest You’ve given me your word I’ve given you my words But words don’t mean anything without love You are nothing to me You will once again be mine Never live without me, be mine Never wanted things to be like this Broken heart should never be like this ‘cos I love you forever Yes I love you forever I was born to die for you You were born to die with me And you, forever more You were born to die with me (Everything you do, everything you see) (Everywhere you go, you belong to me) Me and you, forever more Now I see the way the story has to twist and turn Never-ending love will burn You are nothing to me You stood before the light Wouldn’t hear the sound You look for comfort here Come to me, my dear (This is the last time) (You are nothing to me) You are nothing to me (You stood before the light) (Wouldn’t hear the sound) Forever…
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XXX Forever 02:32
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Tormented 04:37
A summer breath brushes over me No darkness closing in, I’m so free And in the sky, tourmaline and gold My goddess, kiss away the cold Never seen the likes of this before Make it last forevermore Never seen this side of me before Make me last forevermore I hear you beating in the dusty walls Silence Keeps Forevermore Never seen this kind of fear before Make it last forevermore A summer sky rushes over me The darkness closing in, let me be And in my mind, tourmaline and gold My goddess, kiss away my soul I never did it You never saw I won’t confess it Any more I don’t believe it Let go of me I’ll be tormented Let me be I never did it I never saw I won’t confess it Anymore I never did it I never saw I won’t confess it Anymore I never did it I never saw I won’t confess it Evermore
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Last Supper 09:35
What is this I see before me? Is it something new, or just the end of what we had together? Find myself in the middle of the fray And I never look back Got to find a way to get away And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know Nothing you say will ever dissuade me Crying out for the confidence to be What the others cannot be And I look away to see you away And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know Nothing you say could ever evade me I can see from the look in your eye That you’ve made up your mind You sneak up behind And I feel sad And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know Nothing I say can stop you from falling You made a pact with the devil himself And you’ll never look back Gotta find a way to get away And you know, you know, you know, you know, you know Nothing’s ever gonna be the same when he calls you You caved me in You gave me up for silver blindness You caved me in You gave me up for silver blindness And he’s coming for you Welcome to my last supper And when I bathed in the dragon’s blood And when the leaf did fall upon my shoulders That’s when you betrayed me And when the one I love did wrong me When she made the mark that sentenced me That’s when she betrayed me I was the hunter on the path I didn’t know that I would soon become The object of your hate, your rage, your silver blindness You caved me in You gave me up for silver blindness Find myself at the centre of the table Lovers on the left, lovers on the right And you, and you, with your kiss To lock me away in darkness Sacrificed for the sake of nothing more Than a talking of the state What’s the price you had to pay for the kiss that you pierced through my heart? Welcome to my last supper You caved me in You gave me up for silver blindness

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Trip the Life Fantastic is an original and atypical album... professional musicianship and production, not to forget this fantastic and omnipresent sophisticated piano playing.
(Christian Imbault/Big Bang-France)

An album steeped in the classic prog and rock sounds, it's a good revival for Drifting Sun... this will resonate the most with fans of classic prog but others may also find a lot to like here.
(James Cook/Get Your Rock Out-UK)

An excellent release that prog fans should be checking out immediately.
(The Rocker-UK)

Drifting Sun's music makes life worth living.. 'Last Supper' crowns this exceptional work.
(Michael Haifl/StreetClip.TV-Germany)

A very competent and enjoyable album, there is a lot to like about it.
(Matt Spall/Powerplay-UK)

Trip the Life Fantastic has put Drifting Sun back on the map. A must for those who like neo prog with hard rock influences.
(Wilco Borg/IO Pages-Netherlands)

If you want beautiful melodies, plenty of piano and some strong guitar solos, then Trip The Life Fantastic is your album. four solid stars.
(Ivan Melgar M/Prog Archives-USA)

A group to discover.
(Neoprog-France)

A worthy album to include in 2015s collection.
(Angelo's Rock Orphanage/Prog PLanet-Netherlands)

You must discover this album, listen to it in its entirety to savor every moment.
(Richard Hawey/Profil-Canada)

An oasis of beautiful prog rock.
(CD Score-Netherlands)

Beautiful guitar elements, dreamy solos and exotic experiments
(DanielF/Whiskey Soda-Germany)

Drifting Sun has made a nice comeback album here. This is appealing music with a good production that will sit very fine in a neo-prog collection.
(Edwin Roosjen/DPRP-Netherlands)

Drifting Sun is obviously a labour of love for Pat Sanders and he can be proud of this album. Another album is already in the pipeline for 2016 so the continuity of the band will only help to produce a new album of equal quality.
(Dave Smith/Background-Netherlands)

When I listen to some of the variety and flow of the album, I’m reminded a bit of Fragile from Yes... Kudos to them for the achievement of 'Trip the Life Fantastic'.
(Brad Birzer/Progarchy-USA)

Solid neo-prog release soaked in gorgeous keys, soaring melodies, spacious and clever soundscapes.
DP/Classic Rock Society-UK)

Gorgeous piano, breathtaking instrumentation, rock backbone and passionate, emotional vocals build the essence of Drifting Sun’s unmissable sound.
(Olga Polomoshnova/Rock Britain-UK)

It's great that a band that is legit and from that era is sticking to their guns to show younger bands how neo-prog is done.
(Rob/Power of Metal-Denmark)

The talent and experience of this group of musicians is palpable in the melodies, performances and expertise with which they deliver these tracks... a must for all symphonic, neo-prog and progressive rock/metal fans.
(Amalia Grassi/Prog Metal Zone-UK)

If you at all like epic progressive rock, you HAVE to hear this album!
(Jeff Stevens/Prog Metal Zone-UK)

Drifting Sun have absorbed a lifetime's music, and then spat it out as something quite unique... beautiful melodies combining to paint pictures, rich tapestries of notes joined by some simple but effective stitching.
(Tony Colvill/The Progressive Aspect-UK)

I strongly recommend this album to all those who are fans not only of Progressive Rock or Neo - Prog, but Rock in general. It is a really wonderful album!
(George Eleftheriou/GFreedom Webzine-Greece)

This is music! Faultless technique, awesome production, neat compositions... what we have here is something special. It’s Drifting Sun.
( Elias Chatzialexis/Metal Invader-Greece)

Each track really takes you on a journey through atmospheric and spacious soundscapes... this has not left my Spotify playlist since its release.
(Chris J Martini/Prog Archives-USA)

The production, songwriting and talent on display here are bar none... a must for any neo-prog fan.
(Rickdeckhard/Prog Archives-USA)

A beautiful and truly marvelous slice of music that sounds like it was cut by young blood.
(Lear's Fool/Prog Archives-USA)

KILLER album of beauty and emotion, buy this album!... a cinematic and reflective hour of gorgeous classical pop-prog, this band should be a household staple... The album was such a delight I feel like a parent - unable to select any one child over the other :)
(Father Watson/The (N)everland of Prog-UK)

Catchy melodies, epic guitar solos, should appeal to every neo-progger.
(Daniel Eggenberger/Proggies-Switzerland)

credits

released January 20, 2015

Peter Falconer - Vocals
Dan Storey - Guitars/Bass
Andrew Howard - Additional Guitars
Pat Sanders - Keyboards
Will Jones - Drums

Music: Pat Sanders
Lyrics: Peter Falconer
Mixed by Dan Storey at Storey Studios

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Drifting Sun Chesham, UK

Drifting Sun are a UK-based Progressive Rock studio project. Their music has been described as dramatic, theatrical, and atmospheric, in the true style of Progressive Rock giants such as Dream Theater, Queensryche, Genesis and Jethro Tull, to name but a few of the bands that influenced their sound. ... more

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