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Trench Poems

by Oval Planet

Led by guitar-synthesizer explorer Pete Prown, this epic album merges '70s synthesizers with the words of soldiers who fought and died in the trenches of World War I. Featuring the single "Moog For a Day.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Encumbered Sleepers
5:17 $0.99
2. Moog for a Day
2:42 $0.99
3. Red Flower
3:34 $0.99
4. Unraveling, Pt. I
1:43 $0.99
5. Neurotransmission
5:38 $0.99
6. Thudding of the Guns
3:44 $0.99
7. Lunar Rover
4:49 $0.99
8. Wild Geese
5:45 $0.99
9. Unraveling, Pt. II
1:25 $0.99
10. Eleven:Eleven
2:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
Oval Planet's debut is an epic rock journey, featuring the sounds of '70s progressive rock and synthesizers, with virtuoso musicianship. Led by guitar-synthesizer explorer Pete Prown, the album "Trench Poems" chronicles the tragic saga of World War I, through authentic poems written by soldiers who fought and died in the trenches of France and Belgium. Featuring the single "Moog For a Day."

-- Musicians --
Pete Prown: guitar synthesizer + keys + Gibson SG
Jerry King: bass + synthesizer + Stratocaster
Dave Newhouse: saxophone + flute + clarinet

-- Readers --
Lucy Perry: spoken word on “Red Flower” (“The Red Flower” by Henry Van Dyke)
Beth Thomas: spoken word on “Thudding of the Guns” (“The Death Bed” by Siegfried Sassoon)
Ian King: spoken word on “Encumbered Sleepers” (“Strange Meeting” by Wilfred Owen) + “Neurotransmission” (“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae)
Ruth Golding: spoken word on “Eleven:Eleven” (“For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon) + “Wild Geese” (“Im Osten” by Georg Trakl and “Lines” by Alexander Gordon Cowie) + “Neurotransmission” (“Alan Seeger” by Grantland Rice and “The Army of Death” by Charles Sorley)
Julia Niedermaier: spoken word on “Wild Geese” (“Wildgänse rauschen durch die Nacht” by Walter Flex)

-- Studio Credits --
composed + produced by Pete Prown
mixed by Chad Wardwell + Pete Prown
mastered by Jamie Bruhn at Choat Farm North Studios
public-domain poems from Librivox
cover art: istock photo

Deep thanks to Jerry, Dave, Jamie, and Chad for advice + stellar musicianship + engineering.

Copyright Pete Prown 2019



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Rabid Prog Fan

Trench Poems deliver
I buy as much new prog as I can afford every month, I can't get every release but am certainly glad I picked this one to purchase. Saw it mentioned in the House of Prog website and bought it on that recommendation alone. The concept is retro but the sound is new and refreshing. the keyboard and guitar work is phenomenal while the horns & other instruments lend a very nice added touch. Highly recommended new music - ear candy that won't disappoint.


A Nice Departure From Reality
I downloaded this album from another service before realizing I could download it here on CD Baby. When I first heard what Oval Planet was doing with synthesizers I was blown away. Normally not my type of music, I was fascinated with the marriage of synth and spoken word. And it works well here to tell stories. This music allows me to disconnect from the daily stresses of life and dive into a sound I don’t hear regularly these days. Nice job by Pete and the other musicians. This album is truly a joy to listen to often.