"Occupying a unique place in the Australian progressive music scene, Arcane’s transcendental live performances and 2009’s critically acclaimed, dark and enigmatic concept album 'Chronicles Of The Waking Dream' have earned them a inimitable reputation as one of Australia’s premier progressive rock bands.
Sharing stages with artists as diverse as Anathema (UK), Soilwork (Swe), Queensryche (USA), Dead Letter Circus, sleepmakeswaves, Toehider, Five Star Prison Cell, The Eternal, Ne Obliviscaris, Hazards Of Swimming Naked and hundreds more, Arcane's live show, often accompanied by a backdrop of staggering visualisations, is a vast sensory experience.
Arcane formed in 2006, releasing their debut (now out of print) album 'Ashes' in 2007, followed by the 2009 concept album 'Chronicles Of The Waking Dream', an 11 track album featuring a dense narrative and the lead single 'The Seer’. Arcane's immersive sound, and the vocals of Jim Grey quickly found favour throughout Australia, headlining the annual Progfest tour, providing touring support for Ne Obliviscaris, and performing to capacity crowds at Sonic Forge Festival in Melbourne.
A crowd funding campaign launched through Australian page Pozible in July, 2013 heralded the 2014 release of 'Known/Learned' a 16 track double album. Smashing the $10,000 crowdfunding goal in just under 3 days, Arcane's third, as yet unreleased album was successfully funded by 136 individuals, organizations and fellow bands. After recruiting new bassist Adrian Goleby as a full time member, Arcane will return to touring in the second half of 2014."
"Known/Learned is a collection of themes and moments, captured between recurring characters. While never explicitly told in the traditional vein of the ‘concept album’, the imagery of Known/Learned depicts fragmented moments in the lives of a father and his daughter, their loss, their love, their journey. A bittersweet love song for life."
Side A: Known
01 - Promise [Part 2]
02 - Unturning
03 - Instinct
04 - Womb (In Memoriam)
05 - Selfsame
06 - Holding Atropos
07 - Keeping Stone: Sound on Fire
08 - Learned
Side B: Learned
09 - Hunter, Heart & Home
10 - Little Burden
11 - Impatience and Slow Poison
12 - Known
13 - Nightingale's Weave
14 - Eyes for the Change
15 - Keeping Stone: Water Awake
16 - Promise [Part 1]
These guys have horns and cellos, and they're not afraid to use them. If you're looking for a Yes or Genesis clone you're out of luck, but if you want a band who take the time to stretch out and give a song time to develop you're in luck.
I'm going to change my mind about my favourite track regularly.
Oh, and flutes.
Every time I think I’ve uncovered all the hidden gems I find another one, this is fine music. This band has two other more recent releases not available on Bandcamp, also amazing. Kind of a mix of genres with the post rock backbone I enjoy so much, very talented! Deej