Bruce Main | Swimming In the Pixel Sea

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Swimming In the Pixel Sea

by Bruce Main

What happens when a farm boy gets lost in the cyber world?
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. The Contest
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2. Swimming In the Pixel Sea
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3. Rythm of the Beast
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4. My Connection
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5. Second Life
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6:09 $0.99
6. Maelstrom
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7. Lost & Found
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8. Drowning In the Pixel Sea
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9. Home Again
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Album Notes
Bruce Main has just released his fourth solo CD titled SWIMMING IN THE PIXEL SEA! Coming after a longer than usual hiatus following TRACKS (2004), LAYERS (2005) and ELEMENTS (2006) this CD tells a story of withdrawl from the physical world and immersion in the cyber world.

While PIXEL SEA continues in the classic progressive rock style of his previous releases, the extra time was well spent in crafting a libretto that touches many of us where we live. It explores the line between the "real" world and the computer life where we now spend so much of our time. Bruce is joined once again by Brian Phraner and Mark Phraner and as usual the production values are first rate and the music is lyrically and stylistically unique and challenging. But most of all it is thought provoking. Dive in!


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Jim Corcoran

Dutch Progressive Rock Pages,
Another strong track is Drowning In The Pixel Sea, in which Main’s lyrics take a sarcastic jab at social media. A slow-core tempo evokes Circa and then things pick up with some progressively flavoured organ elements from Main. The rhythm, although slow, is fortified along by driving bass from Brian Phraner. Sizzling guitar from Main along with harmony vocals from Main and Mark Phraner complete the icing on this progressive cake.

The album is not purely based on a melodic view upon progressive rock. In fact there are parts where atonal vocals and some dissonant keys and guitar tones emerge and challenge the listener. Not in an aggressive way, but in way that could have been used by the Cardiacs, for instance. This is the case of Second Life, for instance. While I have noted above the most obvious part where this approach is used, it is pretty scattered throughout the album, sometimes well mixed with the mellower parts. This ends up resulting in a body of work that is not completely accessible at first listen, and makes the target listeners to oscillate from the purely symphonic lovers into the ones that like more experimental stuff, or even those who enjoy some pseudo-psychedelia in their music. In the end, it is this mix that enriches the album and makes the listener come back to it, driven by the necessity to better understand what is going on here.

Ron Fuchs
As with Bruce Main’s previous releases, you hear bits of Camel, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Guy Manning and Wilton Said on Swimming In The Pixel Sea. It takes several listens before you can grasp the concept and the music. Once you did, you wonder where this music has been and why you overlooked it for this long. I recommend this to the fans of the aforementioned bands as well as melodic progressive rock.