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Progressive Rock > Touchstone


Touchstone came together in 2003, an amalgam of keyboard player Rob Cottingham and guitarist Adam Hodgson. Bass player Paul Moorghen joined in 2006 and drummer Al Melville the following January. Their style was progressive rock with Rob citing early Genesis as a major influence whilst Adam mentions the very same Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds epic. Adam had released a solo instrumental album and once Rob heard it, they met and the seeds were sown for what would become Touchstone. Rob was also listening to such bands as Asia, Porcupine Tree, and Pink Floyd among others and all those elements can be heard hidden deeply away on Discordant Dreams.

In early 2007, they added female vocalist Kim Seviour and her addition provided the last magical ingredient to the project. Discordant Dreams is an epic album, on one level easy to listen to and on another containing darker moodier elements that combine to give the album an effective and highly memorable atmosphere. The production is highly impressive and the song writing is exceptional, clearly capturing a strong collective belief in the material. It never once gets pompous or overblown, remaining within its own original aims and is all the more powerful for it.

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