01 Shooting psycho 04:15
02 Wouldism 07:35
03 Living desert 05:50
04 Just another me 04:20
05 A secrect song 05:00
06 Late 04:40
07 Summerland 11:45
Total time
CDBest.-Nr. PV 715Release: 2001
EAN Code: 4026219201430
Label: QuiXote
Preis / Price: Euro 14,00
Very relaxed, quiet progressive rock/pop/electronica with some weird stuff in it.
Location: Germany

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European Progressive Rock Reviews

A major album of 2001

Poor Genetic Material comprises of Philipp Jaehne and Stefan Glomb, the two original members who founded the band three years ago as an experimental instrumental project and released two albums, "Free To Random Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. For this latest release, they started having ideas for a song oriented album but who would sing these songs? This problem was solved when they met and became friends with the band "Alias Eye". Soon Alias Eye's Philip Griffiths joined and eventually Philip's colleague Ludwig Benedek took over on drums and this project took off. The end result is this album and a second one is planned although no live performances are expected because of "Alias Eye's" live commitments.
First of all, I have not heard the first two albums by this band so this review has no bearing on
them. Ok, what about this album then. Well, it's true to say that having a singer of the class of
Philip Griffiths, who sounds like Chuck Dyac or even Jens Van Der Stempel, can add a touch of magic to an album, and he does, the vocals are superb. Not that the vocals are the only important thing here, far from it. The guitar and keys play an equally impressive role and they show how good every aspect of this band is, as this whole album is pretty special. It opens with "Shooting Psycho" which could maybe be described as a bluesy progressive track with the organ and guitar adding the blues flavour. This eventually filters through the grey matter and begins to grow pretty quickly. After this it's plain sailing with as consistent a body of work as any band could wish for.
Yes, there are "Alias Eye" reference points, e.g. the longest track here, the 11:45 "Summerland", which also resembles "Landsend" and "Tristan Park". This is major stuff and is every bit as good as the aforementioned bands, with superb flowing passages which become progressive, eventually ending with a tinkling piano as the song fades, marvellous. This really sums up this album which consistently surprises me with how melodic and at times atmospheric it is. The constant things are mood, emotion and a superb soundscape. Ok, I have mentioned two or three bands as reference points but there is a huge chunk of originality here as well.
Track 2, "Wouldism", creates a superb, deep atmospheric mood with melancholic vocals and the music seems to have a faint Celtic influence. "Living Desert" continues the mood, albeit with a more eerie, laid back feel to it while "Just Another Me" demonstrates the magic of Philip Griffiths vocals. Track 5, "A Secret Song", is rather amazing stuff which has a Landsend/Transience ring to it. Track 6, the instrumental "Late", with its initial opening of acoustic guitar and keys just about creates a medieval, new age or even a film score feel and is totally unmissable.
In fact, no joking, this whole album is major stuff which shouldn't be broken down, it flows and needs to be heard in its entirety. Undoubtedly a major album of 2001. 100%

Would you love to listen to music that has an edge to it? QuiXote records brings you a group called Poor Genetic Material. The CD is called Summerland. Philip Grffiths, Philipp Jaehne, Stephan Glomb & Ludwig Benedek are Poor Genetic Material. The music is precious and intimate and draws from a combination of ambient and neo progressive influences.
The CD lends itself to seven great tracks. This is music that shines and could be radio friendly. The singing talent of vocalist Philip Griffiths, from Alias Eye, is superb. The playing is excellent and well rounded. Every track on this disc is of essential listening. Our favorite track on the disc is Summerland. The only draw back we found is that the disc is only 43 minutes long. We want more!
The CD has a high quality recording and it features great sound eminence. In closing, grab some cold ones, sit back and take a well-deserved vacation in Summerland. Many fans of progressive music should get this fine CD. The prog 4you gang highly recommends this CD. We give it 9 out of 10 points. This is a good choice for your poolside listening pleasure.

Strutter Magazine
This is a pure Progressive Rockband and they hail from Germany. You can easily compare them to SAGA, although sometimes POOR GENETIC MATERIAL is also focusing on very calm experimental progressive rockmusic. However, their singer Philip Griffiths doesn't need any introduction, because this fantastic vocalist sang on the recently reviewed ALIAS EYE record. There are 7 songs on the CD and it all has been produced very well. Opener "Shooting psycho" has to be played a few times before you notice it is a good progressive rocker. Next tune "Wouldism" is a great progressive rocker from scratch and can easily be compared with the best neo-progressive rock at the moment. Moving along with "Living desert", a calmer song that didn't do that much for me, also a bit experimental. Much better comes out "Just another me", with brilliant vocals by Philip amnd a very melodic AOR typed chorus after a while, this is definitely one of my favourite tracks. The following two songs ("A secret song" and "Late") were nothing too special, but closing track "Summerland" makes it all up, because this is a superb progressive rocker that has all the elements that made this genre so popular. The song counts almost 12 minutes, so all you proggy fans out there you will definitely love this tune. POOR GENETIC MATERIAL is definitely a band worth checking out if you're into Progressive Rock (JADIS/SAGA).

Progressive Newsletter
Eine Band alleine macht anscheinend nicht glücklich. Das sagte sich wohl auch Alias Eye Sänger Philip Griffiths, als er auf das Duo Stefan Glomb (Gitarre) und Philipp Jaehne (Keyboards) traf, und sie ihm anboten, bei ihrem Projekt mitzuarbeiten. Nach den beiden ersten Alben von Poor Genetic Material (Free to randam Vol.l und Vol.2), die mehr von Improvisationen, Experimenten und Soundscapes geprägt waren, sollte dieses mal wesentlich songorientierter gearbeitet werden.
Zu den dreien stieß zudem Alias Eye Schlagzeuger Ludwig Benedek und fertig war das Line-Up für das Album "Summerland".
Was einem gleich neben der angenehmen Stimme und Philip Griffiths auffällt, sind die federleichten, sehr stimmungsvollen Arrangements, die es einem absolut leicht machen, sich sofort mit dieser Musik anzufreunden. Sanfte Keyboardbegleitung wechselt ab mit euphorischen Gitarrensoli oder akustischer Sanftheit, dazu gibt es jede Menge Momente voll stimmungsvoller Atmosphäre. Musikalisch gelingt eine solide Balance zwischen melodischer, relaxter, leicht experimenteller Rockmusik und sinfonischer Leichtigkeit.
Eingängigkeit und Songstruktur kommen nie zu kurz, dennoch bleibt ebenfalls Platz für fast schon mystische Klangreisen, die aber auch immer wieder den Weg zu progressiven Gefilden finden. Soundscapes fließen harmonisch ein, ohne lediglich als Begleitwerk zu verkommen, rhythmisch vertracktere Passagen finden sich ebenso wieder, wie verspielte Experimentierfreudigkeit. Einziger Punkt, der etwas sauer aufstößt, ist das zu steril, zu technisch klingende Schlagzeug, das den Songs etwas von ihrer Wärme nimmt.
Die Stärke dieses Albums liegt in seiner auf den ersten Blick scheinenden Einfachheit und Ruhe, die aber bei genauem Hinhören viele liebevoll zusammengestellte Details und Tiefe offenbart. Mit diesem Album hat die Band auf jeden Fall die Chance, eine wesentlich breitere Menge ansprechen. Hoffentlich stößt es auf offene Ohren, es wäre ihnen zu wünschen.

Endlich mal wieder was richtig Eigenständiges, das gerade noch die Randbereiche des Progressive Rock-Bereichs streift!
Endlich kein Schmalz mehr, kein Kitsch, keine übertriebene Selbstdarstellung. Einfach nur komplexe, gute, ansprechende Musik. Poor Genetic Material, bisher durch zwei rein instrumentale Alben aufgefallen, arbeiten auf "Summerland" erstmals mit der Prog-Hoffnung Alias Eye zusammen. Die angenehme Stimme von Philip Griffiths geht jedenfalls eine sehr schöne Symbiose mit den Instrumentalparts ein, wobei nie irgendwo Langeweile auftritt. Wichtig. Sehr wichtig. Deshalb funktioniert auch die CD so gut. Man ist immer gespannt, was als nächstes passieren könnte. Und während ich wieder in den Normalo-Review-Stil verfalle, lasse ich mich von der Musik verzaubern und vergebe ausbaufähige sieben Punkte.